is an otherworldly and unique single malt whiskey aged in new Lebanese oak. The result is a savory, rich, and complex whisky that is unmatched by traditional malts.
Athyr is produced by one of the oldest wineries and distilleries in Lebanon. Riachi dates back to 1839 and has a vast experience in wine-making and distillation, especially arak, grappa, and brandy. In 2013 we decided to enter into the interesting world of single malt whisky with a Lebanese influence.
Our barley is harvested from the Bekaa valley in Lebanon. It is then malted, sun-dried, milled, mashed and fermented. The fermented wash which is a relatively high ale compared to commercial beer becomes ready for distillation.
The ale is distilled in our copper gooseneck still into what is called a low wine for the first time, the distilled an additional time (spirit run) to become a new make whisky.
All our whisky are aged in new Lebanese oak, and some receive special finishing in different types of wood.
Our first batch release is a limited to 150 bottles that have to be reserved prior to purchase. The are at cask strength, un-colored and un-chill filtered. The whisky has a deep amber color with rich Empyreumatic aromas.
Our distillery is open for visitors. you can request an appointment to taste our whisky or reserve your bottle.
This release of Athyr is double aged, it was first aged in Lebanese Oak then finished for a full year in cedar wood.
Cedarwood finish is bottled at cask strength of 56.5% and limited
to 200 serial numbered bottles.
The first maturation of Lebanese oak contributes notes of black forest honey, figs and roasted coffee, whereas the second maturation adds layers of baking spices like pine, licorice root, nutmeg and cinnamon, while evolving the mouth feel with the cedar wood’s rich oily esters which are visible as the whisky turns opalescent when watered down.
Athyr, coming from the profound Arabic word “أثير ”, is bottled liquid elegance. Just as in Arabic, Athyr is the premium elite, the other-worldly, and the shine of the unsheathed sword. Athyr is the first Lebanese single malt whisky, brought to life from the spring water of “Ain Smaydieh” in the Lebanese village of Khenchara. The toasted Lebanese oak harvested from the village itself houses Athyr to conceive its unique flavor and contribute to its elaborate character.
Overture is composed of serial numbered bottles ranging from 1 to 600,
bottled at 45% a.b.v. un-chill-filtered and un-colored.
As part of the Lebanese Oak Series, Overture is a smooth shade of Athyr. Like the opening of an orchestral symphony, sway your senses with Overture‘s deep amber color and its fragrant Empyreumatic notes. Savor a delicate tune on your palate, twirling to the melodic hint of molasses and yellow fruits. Nourish your soul with Overture’s earthy finish, composed for excellence.
Batch release 1 was the first release by Athyr single malt whisky which was launched on September 26, 2019 at The Kempinski Hotel in Beirut.
Not only was Batch 1 the first batch from Athyr, it was the first ever Lebanese single malt whisky release.
Batch 1 was limited to 150 bottles that were bottled un-chill-filtered and at cask strength of 56.1% a.b.v.