Our distillery is located in the Uckermark region of the German countryside, just one hour away from Berlin. Through wars and reunification, the area has retained its natural beauty – clear lakes and streams, open spaces, and wild nature are all characteristic of this region, where farms are scattered between vast nature preserves and tree-lined lanes weave through fields of sunflowers and tobacco. The region’s Prussian heritage lives on in the landscape and its people; the ruins of an eighteenth century palace sit quietly at the edge of a still lake, next door to residents who have persevered over time, slowly building up their own lives with hard work.
Over 160 years ago, our distillery was built here in the village of Schönermark. It operated for 100 years, until Russian soldiers picked it apart, carrying off the last of the copper stills in 1950. Sixty years later, the Preussische Whiskydestillerie renovated the distillery’s horse stables and resumed its long tradition of distilling fine grains. Working closely with the nature and Prussian spirit that surrounds it, the Preussische Whiskydestillerie crafts a distinctive, Organic Single Malt Whisky in small batches using locally-sourced ingredients without the use of chemicals or artificial ingredients.
Cornelia Bohn is a dedicated whisky-lover, founder of the Preussische Whiskydestillerie, and the distiller of its sole product, the Preussischer Whisky™ Organic Single Malt. She has a lifelong relationship with the Uckermark, the land in which her whisky is made; it is where she was born and continues to live with her family. Her decision to begin making whisky intertwines her personal journey with the history of her country. As a young woman growing up in East Germany, Cornelia Bohn had only a few – but unforgettable – encounters with whisky, which was not available on the open market. When the Berlin Wall fell, she bought her first bottle of whisky with the “welcome money” she received from the government. During the next twenty years, she studied pharmacy, got married, had a daughter, and built a life in the Uckermark. The idea of working with whisky always rested in the back of her mind, maturing alongside the rest of her life. Perhaps it is for this reason that, after years of admiring the abandoned distillery down the road from her house, the idea seemed so natural: she would open her own whisky distillery. Working closely with master distiller Christian Gruel in Stuttgart, she learned the art of distillation, a craft that naturally transferred the skills and working practices she had learned as a pharmacist. In the meantime, she purchased a portion of the old distillery and began renovations. Today, after waiting out the workings of history, the distillery and Cora Bohn produce the distinct Preussischer Whisky™ Organic Single Malt.