Irish whiskey is in a time of change with distilleries opening and some great new expressions being released. Sometimes also some old friends must retire. This week I’m looking at two new releases on the whiskey market and one soon to be retired whiskey.
First up is Roe & Co, a new venture from Diageo making their return to Irish whiskey following the sale of Bushmills distillery. Master Blender Caroline Martin and her team began work on the blend in December 2014 and developed over one hundred different prototypes before settling on the final liquid, a blend of Irish malt and grain whiskeys aged in bourbon casks. Displaying balance between the rich fruity character of the malt and the mellow creaminess of the grain whiskeys and backed up by smooth vanilla, fruit and soft spice from its time in cask. You can pick it up for €40.00 (down from €42.00) in our Irish Whiskey sale.
This summer saw the opening of the new Slane Distillery with the conversion of the 250-year-old stables on the grounds of Slane Castle. The first release from this new brand is the eponymous Slane Whiskey (currently €30.00, down from €35.00) made in partnership between the Slane castle’s Conyngham family and American powerhouse of the spirits industry Brown-Forman, distillers of Jack Daniel’s and Woodford Reserve amongst many others. Slane whiskey makes use of three cask types to impart its robust, sweet and spicy flavour; virgin American oak casks, Tennessee whiskey casks and Oloroso sherry casks. Expect plenty of caramel, vanilla and toasted oak character with a vein of rich dried fruit beneath.
Our final whiskey pick this week sees the retirement of a great single grain Irish whiskey, Kilbeggan 8-year-old. Formerly known as Greenore, this multi award winning whiskey from Cooley distillery is soft and easy drinking with crisp barley, tropical fruit and a light touch of spiced oak. If you are an admirer of this whiskey you can pick it up, before it’s all gone, in our whiskey sale for €35.00 (down from €40.00). But don’t worry fans of single grain, it is to be replaced by a new expression in the form of a no age statement, coming in at a higher alcohol content of 43% and partially finished in fortified wine barrels. Coming soon…
Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on 26th September 2017, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.