Eire’s Walsh Whiskey has debuted Writers’ Tears Ice Wine Cask End, created in partnership with Canadian vineyard Inniskillin.
The brand new bottling is a triple-distilled vatting of single pot nonetheless and single malt whiskeys that has been spent a further 12 months in ice wine hogsheads.
“I first tasted ice wine in 2011, so plans for this expression have been fermenting in my head for a while,” defined Bernard Walsh, who co-founded Walsh Whiskey along with his spouse Rosemary.
In January 2020, Bernard and Rosemary travelled to Inniskillin Vineyard in Niagara, Ontario, Canada, and labored with now-retired head winemaker Bruce Nicholson to decide on the 12 hogsheads for the job. The barrels had been initially produced on the Berthomieu Cooperage in France.
“When taking us across the winery, Inniskillin’s then-head winemaker Bruce Nicholson defined how they solely harvest well-matured, thick-skinned Vidal grapes when the climate presents a window of alternative between -8 and -14 levels Celsius – Bruce’s ideally suited ‘candy spot’ being -10 to -11 levels,” Bernard continued.
“Primarily based on what we’ve got produced, Inniskillin ice wine definitely incorporates that intense sweetness that may carry by means of within the wooden to our whiskey.”
The chosen barrels had been disgorged of ice wine in March 2020, shipped to Eire, and crammed with Author’s Tears Copper Pot expression two months later.
“With our core Writers’ Tears Copper Pot expression we’ve got a singular mixture of predominantly spicy single pot nonetheless married with single malt Irish whiskey. This core expression will get a complete new dynamic complemented superbly by the extraordinary pure sweetness imparted by Inniskillin’s show-stopping ice wine.”
Sitting at 46% ABV, the bottling is alleged to supply notes of peach, apricot and spice on the nostril, with a floral, nutty palate and a fruity end.
Walsh Whiskey is rolling out 3,500 bottles of the expression throughout the US, Eire and Canada, priced at US$84.99/€70/CAN$99.95. It’s going to develop into accessible within the States in early November, and is already accessible in Eire, the place it may be bought solely from Celtic Whiskey Store in Dublin. It’s also already available on the market in Canada.
Final month, Walsh Whiskey unveiled its first single pot still expression.