Ninety Eight ‒ The gentle wheat

Ninety Eight ‒ the gentle wheat 42%vol is our excellent Kornbrand distillate made of only wheat and water. The storage for several years in different wooden barrels through solera system has distinguished the nature of this fine distillate. The Result: Fine smoky notes and hints of Caramel lend our great Kornbrand an excellent taste experience!


The northernmost region of Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, is surrounded by the North Sea in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east. The geographical location, an alternating climate with its strong winds and the exceptional soil quality are ideal conditions for the growth of our high quality wheat.

product of Germany
triple cask solera
made from Holstein wheat
August Ernst
Distillery since 1898

Our History and Tradition

Thanks to the courage of the distilling master August Ernst and the foundation of his company in 1898 we look back to a great history of success and achievements.

On New Year’s Day of 1898 the wonderful story of our noble Kornbrand began – our roots, our tradition and our history. August Ernst surprised his faithful friends with his unrivalled wheat distillate Kornbrand. This secret ‒ in the beginning only shared with a limited circle of people ‒ soon became a favourite all over Germany and was carried out into the world.


Our History and Tradition

Due to high-grade processing and best wheat quality, our German Kornbrand is enjoying great popularity far beyond the borders.

Up to today we attach great importance to the fact that our wheat comes exclusively from local contracted farmers.

Ernst 1898 is the tribute to our roots and the appreciation of our valued friends. We are privileged to share an old secret again: our limited NINETY EIGHT – the gentle wheat by Ernst 1898. A northern German rarity from Schleswig-Holstein.


The Story of the Korn

Kornbrand (colloquial “Korn”) is a spirit of very long tradition going back to 1507 when it was first mentioned in Northern Germany. The art of distilling came from the Arabic world to Europe in the Middle Ages and has been refined by alchemists who captured the spirits of nature in bottles where they promised healing and enjoyment at the same time.

The big boom came in 1879. The phylloxera which was brought in from America destroyed the European wine cultures.  Cognac and Brandy were in short supply but the people still demanded the liqueurs. Korn stepped into the breach and delivered what it promised.

The Story of the Korn

Since 1884 Bismarck’s laws promoted the distillery in small companies. The condition was that the residue, the protein-rich slurry was fed to the own cattle and the nutrient-rich manure was plowed into the own land.

Towards the end of the 19th century began the continuing success story of our Korn from Bad Oldesloe in Schleswig-Holstein. It was in 1898 when August Ernst, master distiller and farmer, established a distillery with attached agriculture in Oldesloe. Korn has become indispensable in Germany and is recognised as part of its cultural history.


The Story of the Korn

Legally, Kornbrand may only be made out of rye, wheat, barley, oats or buckwheat using the entire grain kernel. The production of Korn may only occur in the regions of the European Union, where German is an official language and where this drink is traditionally produced. Our noble Kornbrand is solely mad of wheat.