Premium Irish whiskey range launched into UK

IrishmanThe Irishman range of triple-distilled premium Irish whiskeys has been launched in the UK through a new agreement with drinks specialist Emporia Brands.

The award-winning range, which was redesigned last year, includes the only blended Irish whiskey made entirely in copper pot stills, a triple-distilled single malt, a 12-year-old single malt and a limited-edition cask strength.

The brand was created by Bernard Walsh who sourced spirit from Irish Distillers for laying down and using to create The Irishman whiskeys.

James Rackham, chairman of Emporia Brands, said: “We have been seeking a premium Irish whiskey to complement our portfolio of high-quality spirits for a long time. We are now very pleased to announce our agreement to represent The Irishman whiskey collection in the UK.

“Irish whiskey is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the UK spirits market and has huge potential in the next few years. We are very excited to be working with Bernard Walsh and his colleagues at The Irishman.”

The Irishman Founder’s Reserve, based on an old Irish pot still whiskey, is a blend of 70% single malt and 30% single pot still whiskey and the only blended Irish whiskey 100% from copper pot stills. At 40% ABV, it is triple distilled and matured in ex-bourbon casks.

It has notes of zesty spice on the nose, with hints of caramel, black pepper, cinnamon, peaches and vanilla and a suggestion of green apple. On the palate, it provides spice, malt, dark chocolate, bourbon oak and crème caramel with a long, lingering finish of oak and butterscotch.

The Irishman Single Malt, also at 40% ABV, is one of only a few Irish triple-distilled single malts. It is aged in ex-bourbon and sherry casks, produced in batches limited to 6,000 bottles a time. It has won double gold at the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco.

On the nose, it is ripe and fruity with peach, dried apricot and tropical fruits plus hints of orange blossom and vanilla fudge. It provides vanilla sweetness, cinnamon and ginger on the palate, with a little oak, digestive biscuits, apricots and a hint of cocoa. It has a long aftertaste with light maltiness and sweet oak.

The Irishman 12 Year Old is matured in ex-bourbon barrels and non-chill-filtered with ABV of 43%. No more than 6,000 bottles are produced each year, with each bottle marked with a batch number. It was a gold medal winner and best in class at the International Spirits Challenge 2013.

The whiskey has a full aroma from the ex-bourbon casks, with light sweet spicy notes of vanilla, cinnamon and clove, plus apples, pears, charred wood and freshly mown hay. It has a sweet taste with vanilla delicately bolstered by black peppercorns, giving way to a succulent fruity mid-section and a grassy cereal conclusion. The full body leaves a succulent flavour of barley and oak. A touch of creamy dairy fudge and dark chocolate adds to the complexity.

The Irishman Cask Strength, bottled at 53% ABV, is aged in American oak casks, using a handful of exceptional casks selected each year. Only 2,000 bottles are produced on average each year, and each bottle is uniquely numbered and signed. Awards include a gold medal in the Whisky Masters.

It offers a combination of soft bourbon notes on the nose with a light malty subplot and a light sprinkling of ginger. The taste is softly oiled and very lightly malted with drier oak offering a bitter-sweet foil. The finish is long, chocolate, rich and sophisticatedly spiced.

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