Klaus Herrmann, Westkorn distiller extraordinaire, grew up in the shadows of his grandfather’s handmade copper stills. His grandfather was a gentleman craftsman, who made the finest copper stills for Korn in the country. After a successful career as a food chemist, Klaus followed his grandfather’s passion for Korn and began a new life as a distiller. He acquired a historic distillery (est. 1842) in the volcanic mountains of the Eifel region of Western Germany, where his grandfather’s original stills were installed.
Using only the finest German cultivated grains and volcanic water, Klaus set out to use the traditional stills to create his grandfather’s favorite Korn but with a contemporary twist.
Because traditional Korn is not rigorously filtered, the finished product carries hints of wheat. Klaus wanted to retain these light wheat flavors but without the impurities.
A scientist at heart, he experimented until he finally arrived at a truly innovative method of combining traditional copper catalyzation with modern filtration techniques. The result was a premium liquor of unrivaled purity and smoothness combined with a vanilla bouquet that does not betray its rustic roots. He named this product WESTKORN, after the region in which it is produced. Labeled and bottled by hand, Westkorn is produced in small batches to ensure that each bottle meets Klaus’ high standards.
And the dachshund? Klaus’ grandfather owned several during his lifetime and admired them for their noble disposition despite their small stature. He always said, “When a dachshund looks in the mirror he sees a lion.” What better symbol to convey Korn’s hidden potential? Westkorn is Korn brought to its logical conclusion, a dachshund transformed into a lion.