“Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.”
Polonius, in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Just last week we were chatting with Dave Quinn, Head of Whiskey Science, who told us about the Micro-Distillery in Midleton and the new releases he had been working on – well now we get to see what they’re all about and, most importantly, drink them. The great news is there are three of them being released in March (with a fourth to follow)!
Single Malt, enhanced with French Limousin Oak Casks
This 14 year old Single Malt was matured in American bourbon barrels and features a parcel of whiskey enhanced with Limousin oak, bringing a light French floral note giving way to crisp barley and sweet wafer.
Single Pot Still Whiskey, finished in French Chestnut Casks
It’s not often we deviate from the oak family, so finishing a Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey in Chestnut casks came with a measure of guilt. Upon tasting the result, we quickly got over it.
Single Grain, finished in virgin Spanish oak casks
This release asked the question: How will Virgin Spanish Oak affect a light Single Grain whiskey. Without giving too much away, the two made very good partners, offering a perfect mix of wood spice playing off the natural sweetness of the grain.
These will be available to buy in Northern Ireland from 3rd March 2017!
31 Year Old Single Cask, Limited Edition
This Limited Edition Single Grain Single Cask whiskey is a study in how three (and one tenth) decades of loyalty to the same bourbon barrel can pay dividends, developing the full, deep grain character of this whiskey.
Available in Northern Ireland from July 2017.