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A true Bavarian with Hiberno-Scottish roots

The name SLYRS is Gaelic and has Hiberno-Scottish roots. But SLYRS is Bavarian to the core. In the year 779, five monks from Ireland and Scotland build a monastery in the Bavarian wilderness of Schliersee. Adalung, Hiltupalt, Kerpalt, Antonius and Otakir call the monastery SLYRS, pronounced ‘shleers’ as in the German Schliersee.

Over the centuries, the SLYRS monastery gives its name to the entire Schliersee region and 1,220 years later to a very special single malt whisky from Upper Bavaria.

Pioneer with innovative spirit

It all begins with a bet made back in 1994, when the brewer and master distiller Florian Stetter makes an educational trip to Scotland with his master distiller colleagues. He is surprised by the similarities that he finds with his home in Upper Bavaria: mountains, clear water and beautifully clean air.

He is also struck by the occasionally defiant and stubborn nature of the Scots, which seems very Bavarian to him, a difficult-to-pronounce dialect and a strong inclination towards independence. Even the Scottish national dress, the kilt, seems to him to be as idiosyncratic as Bavarian ‘lederhosen’.

The many similarities between the Scots and the Bavarians along with his visits to the world-famous distilleries of the Speyside region inspire Florian Stetter to create an Upper Bavarian single malt whisky. He bets his colleagues a crate of wheat beer that first-class whisky can also be distilled in Upper Bavaria – and wins! Not long afterwards, German whisky is being made at his parents’ Lantenhammer distillery. But that’s just the start of the SLYRS story.

SLYRS - a drop of home

Here by Lake Schliersee in Upper Bavaria, where the streams are still clear, the meadows still a lush green and the mountain peaks so high that they seem to pierce the blue sky, SLYRS is right at home.

This home is intrinsically linked to SLYRS whisky and our philosophy:

A true Bavarian with Iro-Scottish roots

The name SLYRS is Gaelic and has Iro-Scottish roots. But SLYRS is Bavarian to the core. In the year 779, five monks from Ireland and Scotland build a monastery in the Bavarian wilderness of Schliersee. Adalung, Hiltupalt, Kerpalt, Antonius and Otakir call the monastery SLYRS, pronounced ‘shleers’ as in the German Schliersee.

Over the centuries, the SLYRS monastery gives its name to the entire Schliersee region and 1,220 years later to a very special, Upper Bavarian single malt whisky.

Pioneer with innovative spirit

The story begins with a bet back in 1994: The trained brewer and master distiller Florian Stetter makes an educational trip to Scotland with his fellow masters. He is surprised by the similarities that he finds with his home in Upper Bavaria: mountains, clear water and beautifully clean air.

There is also the occasionally defiant dourness of the Scots, which seems very Bavarian to him, a difficult-to-pronounce dialect and a strong inclination towards independence. Even the Scottish national dress, the kilt, seems to him to be as idiosyncratic as Bavarian lederhosen.

So much Scottish-Bavarian crossover and his visits to the world-famous distilleries of the Speyside region inspire Florian Stetter’s vision to produce an Upper Bavarian single malt whisky. He bets his colleagues a crate of wheat beer that first-class whisky can also be distilled in Upper Bavaria – and wins! Just a short while later, whisky is being made at his parents’ Lantenhammer distillery. But that’s just the start of the SLYRS story.

Distilling with passion for the best quality

We are constantly evolving and preserving our leading role on the German whisky market. With courage, creativity and Bavarian charm, we are pressing ahead – striving to make many more passion-filled SLYRS whisky creations of the highest quality that are native to Lake Schliersee and at home all over the world.

SLYRS - a drop of home

Here by Lake Schliersee in Upper Bavaria, where the streams are still clear, the meadows still a lush green and the mountain peaks so high that they seem to pierce the blue sky, SLYRS is right at home.

This home is intrinsically linked to SLYRS whisky and our philosophy:

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