The barrels for the Clonakilty Port Finish Blended Whiskey are stored on the rough cliffs in the south of Ireland. The whiskey was dazzled with 7-10 year old bourbon barrel matured single malt and single grain whiskey. After blending, the whiskey was added to the Port Wine Cask to give it an excellent finish. In the glass, the whiskey captivates with its great color. The port wine barrel has given him a great red tone.
The 10-year old Craoi Na Mona single malt is something a bit different. It’s an Irish whiskey, distilled at the Cooley Distillery in the north-east the country and bottled by the British spirit merchants Berry Bros. & Rudd.
Like many Irish whiskeys, it has been double-matured in American Oak casks but it is at the end of this process when things get interesting. After a decade of maturation, this single malt is shipped to Scotland where it spends around five months in heavily-peated casks which previously held Laphroaig.
This explains the name of this whiskey Craoi Na Mona is Irish Gaelic for ‘heart of peat’. The Islay peat flavour definitely permeates throughout but rather than overpower it adds to a complex and flavorsome whisky which is best drank neat or with the tiniest splash of water.
The first and only Irish whiskey to have been finished in Japanese mizunara oak casks. First aged in bourbon barrels, this single malt was then transferred to virgin mizunara barrels created by hand at Japan’s only independent cooperage. These lightly charred barrels have added vanilla, sandalwood and a touch of coconut to the whisky, while also increasing smoothness and depth of flavour.
This excellent whiskey from the Glendalough Distillery is matured in first-fill bourbon casks and appropriately cut to 46% using local Wicklow water. The original plan was to release this as a 12-year-old, as is traditional, but it was matured an extra year in honour of rugby great Brian O’Driscoll, a shareholder in the company. O’Driscoll wore the No.13 jersey for Ireland during his playing days. We will have to wait a few more years to taste whiskey from Glendalough’s own Holstein stills, but this is very good for the money and has some deep spicy and peppery notes. Each bottle depicts St Kevin, who founded a monastery beside the beautiful lakes at Glendalough.
Glendalough have very deliberately chosen a period of seven years to age this whisky: seven is not only the number of year that St Kevin spent in the wild, but also a nod to the ‘City of Seven Churches’ he built at Glendalough. Finished in ex-porter casks from Black Pitts Brewery, the whiskey inside the bottle graced by St Kevin’s image is a floral, fruity whiskey with cinnamon and white pepper highlights.
This historic single pot still Irish whiskey used only to be available in Dublin grocer Mitchell’s, but now has spread across the world to huge acclaim. A delightful combination of fruit, toffee and malt.
Hyde 10 Year Old President’s Cask is limited edition single malt Irish whiskey, released by Hibernia Distillers. This expression takes its name from Douglas Hyde, who served as the first President of Ireland from 1938 to 1945. The whiskey comes from one Irish distillery and which was initially matured in bourbon barrels before enjoying a finishing period in first fill Oloroso Sherry casks. It’s bottled at 46% ABV without chill filtration.
To mark Whiskey Distillery’s 17 years in business and a momentous year for the Walsh family with the commissioning of the Distillery at Royal Oak – Bernard and Rosemary Walsh are releasing a highly exclusive expression of The Irishman whiskey.
The Irishman 17 Year Old is a superlative Single Malt from a single cask resulting from 17 years maturation a first fill Sherry Butt. The signet of this exceptional 17 Year Old is its rich deep flavour of great warmth.
A collaboration with Justino’s of Santa Cruz in Portugal, the Jack Ryan Finisher’s Touch has been aged in bourbon barrels for 11 years before being finished in Madeira casks. This is the third release to come from the Jack Ryan Triology series, other expressions include the Jack Ryan Toomevara and Jack Ryan Haddington.
The Jack Ryan Generation Trilogy celebrates the six generations of the Ryan family and includes the Toomevara, Haddington & Finisher’s Touch expressions. The Haddington is an 11 Year Old single malt which was matured in ex-bourbon barrels then finished in old rum casks.
Toomevara wins Double Gold, as best Single Malt Irish Whiskey, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (“Awarded to the entries that receive a Gold medal rating by all members of the judging panel; these are among the finest products in the world”). Toomevara is a 10YO, aged in bourbon, finished in a collaboration with Château du Breuil Calvados. Toomevara – Limited to 3,500 numbered and signed bottles – is the first of The Generation Trilogy, celebrating six generations of the Ryan family. Haddington 11YO finished in rum, and Finisher’s Touch 12YO finished in collaboration with Justino’s Madeira, will complete the Trilogy.
This pinnacle of the Single Pot Still range, Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy, marked the first time since John Jameson that an Irish Distillers product had been named after a Master Distiller. Single Pot Still whiskey is unique to Ireland in general and to the Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork, in particular, and is regarded as the quintessential style of Irish whiskey. Made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley and then triple distilled in traditional copper pot stills, Pot Still whiskeys are characterised by full, complex ﬂavours and a wonderful, creamy mouthfeel.
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