Ireland’s Glendalough Distillery is introducing three whiskeys and relaunching its traditional poitín alongside a new bottle design for the range.
The Irish whiskeys – Double Barrel and seven-year-old and 13-year-old single malts – are all matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in a second different cask.
Glendalough Double Barrel, at 42% ABV, gains its sweet, smooth vanilla notes from three years in bourbon barrels before being transferred to 500-litre oloroso sherry casks from Montilla for up to a year, where it becomes steeped in rich, dark, fruity and floral flavours including raisins, sultanas, fig, candied peel, cinnamon and nutmeg, with a nutty, complex finish.
The seven-year-old Glendalough Black Pitts Single Malt gets its flavour from barrels that previously held Black Pitts Porter from The 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery. The deep, dark flavours of chocolate malt and roasted barley give the whiskey its cocoa, toffee and dark-chocolate-orange notes.
The 13-year-old Mizunara Finish Single Malt is the first Irish whiskey to use Japanese mizunara oak from the forests of Hokkaido in northern Japan. Its high levels of vanillans pack a punch, with sandalwood flavours layered with honey and citrusy notes.
The distillery’s new 70cl bottles are taller and slimmer, with bold, contemporary labelling in muted blues and greys to reflect the brand’s home in the mountainous glacial valley in County Wicklow, south of Dublin. St Kevin, the monk who founded the Glendalough settlement in the 6th century, remains the centrepiece of each bottle.
The new look is also being introduced to Glendalough’s Wild Botanical Gin as well as its Mountain Strength Poitín, which is being relaunched at 55% ABV instead of its previous 60% and in 50cl bottles instead of 70cl.
Kevin Keenan, creative director and founder at Glendalough Distillery, said: “Our new look and bespoke bottle really brings the range together as a family, while the new cask finishes set the whiskey apart from anything else being done in Irish whiskey.”
Founded in 2011, the Glendalough Distillery was set up by five friends from Wicklow and Dublin who shared a love of craft spirits. In the UK, they work with distribution partner Lightbox Brands.