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On the Clonakilty Distillery in southwest Eire, they’re undoubtedly establishing terroir for his or her spirits. The barley for his or her whiskeys comes from their very own Ninth-generation household farm, they make a gin utilizing whey from the farm and locally-foraged rock samphire, and their getting old warehouse stands on high of 650-foot cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean simply outdoors the small city of Clonakilty.
The distillery’s Single Batch Double Oak End Irish Whiskey begins native however is rendered worldwide through the getting old course of. It’s a mix of 8-year-old and 10-year-old whiskeys that are first aged in ex-bourbon casks after which completed in a mix of recent American oak barrels and “STR” crimson wine barrels from Bordeaux, which have been shaved after which re-toasted.
It’s a fancy course of and the result’s a fancy whiskey, pale gold in shade. The nostril belies the alcoholic energy, providing a contemporary and lightweight character with hints of apple and pear, robust vanilla, lower grass, and gentler undertones of pepper and cinnamon. The palate is equally pleasing, with the spices stepping ahead and including a touch of ginger, a vanilla-honey creaminess, and extra of that refreshing apple/pear component augmented with a touch of almonds. On the end it’s all vanilla and spice.
All of it makes for a superb sipping whiskey, maybe with only a drop of water or a single ice-cube to damp down the alcohol and draw the flavors out slightly extra.