Our Whisky Switzerland assortment

So far, Swiss whisky with its short history still leads an existence as an insider tip. However, the small but fine niche of Swiss whiskies is already coming up with versatile and high-quality drops.

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So far, Swiss whisky with its short history still leads an existence as an insider tip. However, the small but fine niche of Swiss whiskies is already coming up with versatile and high-quality drops.

An important role in the still young history of Swiss whisky is played by a change in the law in 1999. In 1885, it was forbidden in Switzerland to distil spirits from potatoes and grain. It is true that the legislature lifted the rationing of foodstuffs dating back to the Second World War as early as 1947. However, it remained forbidden to distil potatoes or grain until 1997 and 1999 respectively. Accordingly, the Swiss only started distilling whisky in 1999. Since that year, around 60 whisky brands have emerged in Switzerland.

About three years after the change in the law, the first Swiss whiskies came onto the market. The Rugenbräu brewery from Interlaken even presented a simple grain brandy on 30 June 1999. In the course of the following years, other brands were added. These are partly developed by younger companies and partly by traditional distilleries and family-owned breweries.

The current market share of Swiss whiskies is still comparatively low at about two per cent of the whiskies consumed in the country; Swiss distilleries produce about 380 hectolitres of whisky locally every year. By comparison, about 18,000 hectolitres are imported annually.