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Roe & Co rolls out whiskey with alligator char finish

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Diageo-owned Roe & Co has debuted a 13-year-old single grain Irish whiskey completed in alligator char new oak barrels.

Roe & Co Cask Strength
Roe & Co’s latest whiskey is bottled at 58.6% ABV

The brand new launch is the third addition to the producer’s Cask Energy Sequence, which was developed to showcase the totally different elements that make up a blended Irish whiskey. The collection kicked off in 2019 with the launch of a cask energy whiskey completed in Bourbon barrels, which was adopted by a single malt matured in Port casks in 2020.

To carry out the flavours of the grain whiskey, the producer selected to complete its Cask Energy 2021 Version in new oak barrels that have been alligator charred, a technique of intensely heat-treating casks in order that the wooden resembles alligator pores and skin.

This heavy char ends in aromas of smoky vanilla pods, wooden spice and toffee, notes of Jamaican gingerbread and panna cotta on the palate, and a end of white pepper.

“When creating Cask Energy 2021, we wished to shine a lightweight on the true DNA of the unique Roe & Co 106 mix with the only grain element, permitting us to discover the tasting notes related to our present stock,” stated George Harper, grasp blender for Roe & Co.

“Totally different malts and grains all carry their very own distinctive flavour traits, as such every have their very own positives and make up vital constructing blocks to a mix. The fastidiously chosen single grain casks we use are picked for his or her distinctive flavour and elegance. With this launch we need to spotlight and showcase the grain and the spine in our 106 mix.”

Bottled at a pure cask energy of 58.6% ABV, the whiskey is really useful by itself or served in a Bobby Burns cocktail.

“What makes Cask Energy so attention-grabbing is the uncooked DNA of the whiskey,” added Lora Hemy, head distiller for the model.

“Once you style this mix, it’s as if you happen to’re sampling it straight from the cask, undiluted, so you possibly can add as a lot or as little water of your individual to seek out your flavour desire and style. With the 2021 Cask Energy Version, we’ve chosen to complete this Irish grain in a very attention-grabbing and distinctive cask. The grain is nicely matured and [has] been particularly chosen to complete in these casks to intensify and develop the flavours that exist already in grain whiskey. We’re excited to be releasing this newest innovation, on the lead as much as the festive season.”

Roe & Co Cask Energy 2021 Version is priced at €74 (US$86.20) per 700ml bottle. Earlier this month, the whiskey took house a Gold medal in our DB & SB Autumn Blind Tasting.

In August, Roe & Co unveiled a whiskey finished in Japanese sugi wood.

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