The entire distillation process is completed on site and maturation occurs at warehouses located on premises and in parkland just outside Ljubljana. The finest malted barley is mashed with exceptional Slovenian water - some of the purest in the world - and fermented with specially selected yeast. The resulting wash is slowly distilled in a traditional double distillation process before maturation in Slovenian Sessile Oak barrels, providing a full-bodied taste with fruity and floral notes.
For a more complex and elegant flavour, maturation also takes place in American white oak bourbon barrels, and their peated expression is made from peated malt and finished in barrels that previously contained the peatiest Scotch whisky from Islay for added punch.
The warehouses where the whisky matures are surrounded by untouched forest, which means their whisky breathes only the cleanest, purest air. Continuing the theme of natural processes, Broken Bones Whisky is not chill-filtered and has no added colour and with all their whisky carefully produced in small batches each batch is unique, producing a smooth, complex and elegant single malt. The strong Slovenian influence used in combination with the Scottish tradition of whisky making gives Broken Bones Whisky a truly unique character.
Broken Bones distillery - established in 2012 as a result of the passion of three friends that share family tradition in beer, wine and liquor production - is the first distillery in Ljubljana in at least 60 years
The combination of the co-founders different backgrounds (Borut philosophy, Boštjan computing and Polona sales & marketing) is part of the secret behind the development of exquisite, surprising and bold Broken Bones spirits.
The Broken Bones name came about when both Borut and Boštjan had accidents whilst filling the first whisky barrels, resulting in one broken leg and one broken nose. Luckily the breaks weren't too bad and they got the perfect name for the distillery and spirits!
The combination of 3 co-founders' different backgrounds (philosophy, computing and sales & marketing) is part of the secret behind the development of exquisite, surprising and bold Broken Bones spirits
CEO Boštjan is currently studying for his distilling diploma at the renowned British Institute for Brewing and Distilling
The unique whisky Broken Bones was determined to create required equipment not easily available on the market, so they built their copper pot stills from scratch
All their malt is purchased from a renowned Slovenian company with more than 100 years’ experience in business
The Slovenian water with its particular biochemical content and alpine purity allows prolonged fermentation cycles of the wort, bringing enhanced freshness and body to the flavour of the whisky
The combination of different oak barrels used gives the distillate a distinctive and well-developed flavour, even during the early stages of maturation
Broken Bones whisky has a long and carefully controlled fermentation cycle. Lasting over 100 hours, it is considerably longer than the average of other producers
Cask World's Highlights
Broken Bones is built on dreams, passion, a broken leg, teamwork, a broken nose, family values, calculated risks and hard work. For example after researching Scottish stills they decided to build their own, learning to solder to get the job done together, producing a one-of-a-kind 250L straight necked still, not too tall, with a downward sloping arm resulting in a slightly heavier spirit.
Their classic expression aims for a mellow and fruity experience with a full body, which is why they designed their still that way - to take most of the flavour through the distillation process into the new make spirit. They use 20% peated and 80% unpeated barley shipped from Belgium and the Netherlands, go through 2 mashes to produce 500L of wort, then do two 250L runs of distillation plus some recycling of the cuts. Maturation begins in virgin Slovenian Oak casks (constructed by a local traditional cooperage), before being transferred into either ex-bourbon casks or heavily peated Scottish casks. I was lucky to be the first outsider to visit their secret bond store and while I can’t say too much, it's bordered by a turquoise river, surrounded by beautiful countryside and filled with at least 10 (but not more than 20) casks of maturing Slovenian single malt whisky.
Location wise, Ljubljana is surrounded by protected marshland filled with Slovenian peat, something the team at Broken Bones are keen to get their hands on. Climate wise, with similar temperature changes to India and Taiwan (hot summers and cold winters), we expect a higher angels share but also a faster and more complex maturation process as the wood is pushed and pulled with the temperature extremes.
Broken Bones have succeeded in putting Slovenia on the global whisky stage with a premium single malt to be proud of that already holds its own next to Scottish and other world class whiskies.
Broken Bones at a glance
Boštjan Marušič, Borut Osojnik, and Polona Preskar
Boštjan Marušič - Co-Founder & CEO
Borut Osojnik - Co-Founder & Master Distiller
Polona Preskar - Co-Founder & Sales & Marketing Director
Purpose built copper pot stills, cask warehouses in a forest environment with clean air, Slovenian malt
Primary Whisky Types
Slovenian peated and unpeated single malt whisky
Slovenian sessile oak, ex-bourbon barrels, ex-peat Scotch barrels from Islay
Maturation warehouses located at premises and in parkland just outside Ljubljana
Av. Length of Maturation
3 years +
Current Bottle Prices
whiskyfun.com 2021 - 82 points
Falstaff Tasting 2020 - 90 points
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