|Current status:||Dismantled in 1966|
|Brief introduction:||Swedish whisky made between
1955 and 1966. It was a blend, with two ingredients: 45% was the Skeppet
triple distilled single malt, made in Södertälje, 55% was plain
spirit made in the Åhus distillery, now famous for Absolut Vodka.
It was never popular, even if nowadays tastings of rare remains usually hail the whisky as very good. It was atypically peaty [the malt was dried with burning peat and coke(!)] in a time when Whisky on the rocks was the most popular way of drinking whisky, and therefore before it's time, is one of posterity's dooms. Rumour has it that during transport strike in the sixties, when the off license stores grew emptier and emptier, Skeppets was the last whisky to run out of stock.
Production ceased in 1966 and the last bottle was sold in 1971. At the introduction on the market in 1961 the price for a 0.75 l bottle was SEK 24:50 (less than £2) and was the cheapest whisky available in Sweden. Recently a bottle was sold on auction in London and bidding stopped at roughly £13,000.
Approx. one million litres was made, before the stills were removed.
|Equipment:||The entire distillery including the three used 18th century stills were bought from the Scottish Lowland Bladnoch distillery, at the time mothballed since 1938. The original wooden washbacks started to decay and were replaced with new stainless steel ones after a few years.|
|Official website:||None. There was no WWW in the sixties!|