Berry Bros & Rudd has introduced a single malt Irish whiskey that has been finished in peated casks in Scotland.
Craoi na Mona, which is pronounced “Cree na Mona” and is Gaelic for “heart of the peat bog”, was created by Doug McIvor, spirits expert at Berry Bros & Rudd.
It has been aged for 10 years in American oak casks and finished in ex-Laphroaig whisky casks. It is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46% ABV.
Doug said: “Though peat has traditionally been used in the drying of barley in both Ireland and Scotland, finishing is another recognised way of imparting those characteristic smoky flavours.
“After the whiskey was matured for 10 years in American oak casks, it was shipped from Ireland to Scotland where it spent a few short months in casks that had previously matured heavily peated Islay malt.
“To be honest, we weren’t completely sure what the outcome would be, but now it’s done I can say we are all categorically pleased with the results.”
The whiskey joins other Berry Bros & Rudd spirits brands including No 3 Gin, The Kings Ginger Liqueur and whiskies from Speyside distillery The Glenrothes.
After distribution of the spirits portfolio was brought in-house, Craoi na Mona and the rest of the range will be distributed to the on- and off-trade via the company’s wholesale business, Fields Morris & Verdin. The whiskey will have a recommended price in retail of £54.95.
Tasting notes from Berry Bros & Rudd
Nose: Good hint of peat. Charred wood and some burnt grassy notes – flowers, bracken and ferns. Gentle notes of yellow fruit and lemon meringue, sugared almonds and some rhubarb.
Palate: Very smooth with some sweetness building to control the peat-smoke and medicinal notes. Peaches and cream, orange citrus and rosehip.
Finish: Relatively long, smooth and very moreish.