EIKTYRNE HERITAGE

Craftmanship & Heritage

NAMING THE WHISKY

Eiktyrne and our Norse heritage

The name Eiktyrne is the name of the great deer that stands on top of the Valhalla roof, home of Odin and his fallen warriors and valkyries. This is the golden afterlife of our Norse heritage, and Eiktyrne watches over it all. On this roof he is accompanied by a grand oak tree, from which he feeds on the branches, and his tiny friend the goat Heidrun, which feeds on the leaves. From Eiktyrnes horns drips holy water, down from the heavens and onto our earth - and all of earth's water comes from his horns.

Logo of Eiktyrne Whisky
A barrel in the fields

The water of life

In our whiskymaking, we realize more than ever that water has
memory. The water, now reborn as a whisky, remembers the river it
flowed in, it remembers the ground the malt grew in and it
remembers the fruit of the oak cask, from when it was but a tree.
These memories are what you find on your nose and on your palate
when tasting the whisky. We like to believe that the water also
remembers its ancestor and creator; the mythical Eiktyrne.

OUR VISION

"To compose a complete whisky where the demands for quality

are stressed to the max in every single step"

Eiktyrnes first whisky Sid og Vid, named after two of the old norse rivers, saw the light of day on Bergen International Beer & Whisky Festival on February 13th 2015, and was discovered there by the whisky enthusiast, spirits importer and cask expert Jon Bertelsen. He was intrigued. The whisky was launched on the 1st of November and the distillery was joined by Jon Bertelsen, now as the master blender, later on that very same year. His vision for Eiktyrne is to compose a complete whisky where the demands for quality are stressed to the max on every single step. Raw materials. Destillation. Choosing of casks. Maturation. Composition. It could almost be described as composing a musical piece.

When asked about which “way” he follows, his answer is clear:
“I follow the way of the brewers in the first step, on raw materials. The
French way in the second step, on choosing the right oak casks and
maturation. The Japanese way in the third step, on control and precision.
This leaves nothing to coincidence because the great coincidences
happens too rarely.”

"We can't assume that our method is the best possible one, so we are

constantly learning and trying new things to make our whisky even

better than yesterday. In the spirit of our innovative village Grimstad, we

are the mad scientists, always experimenting and evolving."

MADELAINE BERTELSEN

METHOD

Ingredients and production

Eiktyrne is a Norwegian single malt whisky. Primarily we make two types of whisky destillations; one based on Maris Otter malt from North England, and one based on 100% Norwegian malt with Norwegian Kveik yeast. Nøgne Ø takes care of our Maris Otter, while our Norwegian Kveik comes from Eik og Tid. French Limousin oak casks paints the basic foundation of Eiktyrnes flavour, but to get a full color palette the whisky also spends its last years on different wine casks, fortified wine casks or spirit casks such as; Oloroso, Pedro Ximénes, 

Moscatel, Madeira, White Port, Pineau Des Charentes,
Jurancon, Rivesaltes, Sauternes, Brandy, Apple Brandy and Bourbon.
All of the casks are chosen and supervised by their caretaker Jon Bertelsen.
Our distillery is a handcraft distillery, which you may notice in our small stills.
The small copper stills secure a high degree of copper contact with the whisky,
which helps extract the flavours we aim for from the barley. Our distillation process
is a secret, but we can reveal that we distill extremely slowly.

Raw materials. Oak. Precision.

EIKTYRNE HERITAGE

Craftmanship & Heritage

Logo of Eiktyrne Whisky

NAMING THE WHISKY

Eiktyrne and our Norse heritage

The name Eiktyrne is the name of the great deer that stands on top of the Valhalla roof. home of Odin and his fallen warriors and valkyries. This is the golden afterlife of our Norse heritage, and Eiktyrne watches over it all. On this roof he is accompanied by a grand oak tree, from which he feeds on the branches, and his tiny friend the goat Heidrun, which feeds on the leaves. From Eiktyrnes horns drips holy water, down from the heavens and onto our earth – and all of earth’s water comes from his horns.

A barrel in the fields

The water of life

In our whiskymaking. we realize more than ever that water has memory, The water, now reborn as a whisky, remembers the river it flowed in, it remembers the ground the malt grew in and it remembers the fruit of the oak cask, from when it was but a tree. These memories are what you find on your nose and on your palate when tasting the whisky. We like to believe that the water also remembers it s ancestor and creator; the mythical Eiktyrne.

OUR VISION

"To compose a complete whisky

where the demands for quality

are stressed to the max in every

single step"

Eiktyrnes first whisky Sid og Vid, named after two of the old norse rivers, saw the light of day on Bergen International Beer & Whisky Festival on February 13th 2015, and was discovered there by the whisky enthusiast, spirits importer and cask expert Jon Bertelsen. He was intrigued. The whisky was launched on the 1st of November and the distillery was joined by Jon Bertelsen. now as the master blender, later on that very same year. His vision for Eiktyrne is t compose a complete whisky where the demands for quality are stressed to the max on every single step. Raw materials. Destillation. Choosing of casks. Maturation. Composition. It could almost be described as composing a musical piece.

When asked about which “way” he follows, his answer is clear: “I follow the way of the brewers in the first step, on raw materials. The French way in the second step, on choosing the right oak casks and maturation. The Japanese way in the third step, on control and precision. This leaves nothing to coincidence because the great coincidences happens too rarely.”

"We can't assume that our

method is the best possible one,

so we are constantly learning

and trying new things to make

our whisky even better

than yesterday. In the spirit of

our innovative village Grimstad,

we are the mad scientists,

always experimenting and

evolving."

MADELEINE BERTELSEN

METHOD

Ingredients and production

Eiktyrne is a Norwegian single malt whisky. Primarely we make two types of whisky destillations; one based on Maris Otter from North England, and one based on the Norwegian malt Kveik. Nøgne Ø takes care of our Maris Otter, while our Norwegian Kveik comes from Eik og Tid. French Limousin oak casks paints the basic foundation of Eiktyrnes flavour, but to get a full color palette the whisky also spends its last years on different wine casks, fortified wine casks or spirit casks such as; Oloroso, Pedro Ximénes, Moscatel, Madeira, White Port, Pineau Des Charentes, Jurancon, Rivesaltes, Sauternes, Brandy, Apple Brandy and Bourbon. All of the casks are chosen and supervised by their caretaker Jon Bertelsen. Our distillery is a handcraft distillery, which you may notice in our small stills. The small copper stills secure a high degree of copper contact with the whisky, which helps extract the flavours we aim for from the barley. Our distillation process is a secret, but we can reveal that we distill extremely slowly.

Raw materials. Oak. Precision.