The Boston Bakers Irish Whiskey – a unique blend of three single malted whiskies from three cask finishes – has launched. Created with a nod to the Irish neighbourhood communities which established across Boston and East Coast America during the last century, The Boston Bakers is a celebration of friendships forged over traditional Irish whiskey. It will be available to both on and off-trade sectors in the UK, with a focus on whisky specialists and cocktail bars, with an RRP of £29.99 (70ml). The launch comes at a time of significant growth for the category; the UK was the fourth largest market for Irish Whiskey in 2020 and Irish Whiskey was the fastest growing spirits category in the world over the last decade [source: Irish Whiskey Association: Irish Whiskey International Trade Report 2021].
The Boston Bakers has been created by The Bloomsbury Club’s, Carl Stephenson, as an homage to his great uncle, William T. Compston II, an Irish emigrant who founded a successful chain of Boston-based bakers in the 1950’s, and who’s real love was Irish Whiskey. This whiskey is dedicated to “Uncle Billy” – responsible for the neighbourhood speakeasy – as well as the Irish grafters who emigrated to East Coast America, building communities and spirit over storytelling, shenanigans and of course, whiskey.
The Boston Bakers Irish Whiskey is handcrafted, made in the traditional way with the finest virgin grain to bring a smoothness to the finish. It is triple barrel oaked, comprising: single malted whiskey from stout oak casks; single malted whiskey from sherry oak casks; the final blend spends three years in American oak bourbon barrels. It is distilled (ABV: 40%) and aged at the Great Northern Distillery, Dundalk County Louth. Unusually, triple distilled malted peat is distilled into the whiskey, as a “seasoning”. However, unlike an Islay malt, this is not earthy, peaty or smoky on the palate. Rather, the peat is a bond which brings the elements together, resulting in an ultra-smooth, complex style. As a handcrafted product, each batch will be slightly different, and this is reflected in the individual numbering of each bottle.
Commenting, Carl Stephenson, Founder of The Bloomsbury Club UK and ex Allied-Domecq, Moët Hennessy and J Wray & Nephew, said: “Paying tribute to my great uncle’s love of whiskey has been an absolute honour; creating an Irish Whiskey in his name has been something I have wanted to do since I joined the drinks industry 30 years ago. It has been a question of waiting for the right distillery partnership to create the best possible bespoke liquid and we are delighted with the result.”
The Boston Bakers Irish Whiskey is distributed by Craftwork.
Signature Serve for Autumn: The Boston Orchard
Measure 50ml of The Boston Bakers Irish Whiskey into a Highball glass with ice and top with cloudy apple juice. Garnish with a slice of apple and a cinnamon stick.
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