The Stockhausen method
This method is used today to produce and refine spirits, especially whisky and rum. The inventor, Dr. Dolf Stockhausen, after whose name the new process is named, has revolutionized aging process entirely and shortened it by years. His idea is based on a purely physical law that simulates aging in a barrel. In 2017, Dolf Stockhausen, who, after years of intensive studies, successfully developed a wood-based, high-quality, and above all sustainable process together with one of the largest Swiss distilleries, has achieved a world sensation with his invention. In the process now known as the Stockhausen method, the distillate is in contact with more surface area and the wood is specially treated, which rapidly shortens the aging process and produces a round, full-bodied flavor profile. For the production of a spirit with the Stockhausen method, a Speedmaster is used, in which a purely physical process can refine up to 2000 liters of distillate. The key element in the Stockhausen method is that no chemicals are needed whatsoever. The Speedmaster takes over the same processes of classic barrel aging, which usually takes years. Today, it can be said that the Stockhausen method represents the most innovative leap forward for spirits in the 21st century and has raised the finishing process barrel aged products to an entirely new level.
The advantages of the Stockhausen method
It is currently used for the production of high end whisky and rum. For these products consistency is key. Thanks to the precisely adjusted production process, it is possible to ensure that each batch, i.e., each bottle, always reaches the customer with the same quality. This is impossible to guarantee with classic barrel aging, each barrel having its specific characteristics.
The Stockhausen method uses American and French oak just as is the case with classic barrel aging. Since we do not require the actual barrel for aging, wood from oaks that suffer from growth deformations and are unsuitable for producing traditional barrels may also be used. Incredibly the deformation problem exists in up to 90% of the felled oaks, this wood can be used with the Stockhausen method meaning huge sustainability advantages.
The faster maturation of the spirit also massively reduces the “Angel’s Share.” This means less loss for the producer since his product does not dissolve into “thin air." In essence, more profit. This, in turn, means an attractive selling price for high-quality spirits. This result is achieved by massively lowering production costs.
For whiskey production, the innovation means giving experts, connoisseurs and whisky fans a balanced taste in which only aromas and flabour and no bitterness can be found.
Where is the Stockhausen method used, and how is it accepted?
The best-known company that successfully applies the Stockhausen method is Seven Seals Innovation AG, with its famous brand, Seven Seals. Their expertise in producing great-tasting single malts guarantees that every single malt is aged in casks for at least three years, as required for classic whiskies before the product is allowed to go through the Stockhausen Method. In addition, Seven Seals proves that the Stockhausen method can create a wide variety of single malts, ranging from classic (Seven Seals Classic Line) to innovative (Seven Seals Zodiac Line). These single malts with the most diverse of aroma profiles also convinces international experts winning 25 Grand Gold and 24 Gold award. Seven Seals proves the Stockhausen method guarantees high-quality spirits. Seven Seals has established itself in the market as the expert in creating aromatic and high-quality single malts and thus pursues the claim to be more than just whisky.