Glengarriff Series Peat Charred Cask Single Malt (700ml)
How to Drink
West Cork Distillers was formed in 2003 by childhood friends, John O’Connell, Ger McCarthy and Denis McCarthy. Although they started out with just 2 schnapps stills in the back of Denis’ house, West Cork Distillers currently operate out of a 12.5 acre site on Marsh Road, with a distillation capacity of 4 million litres of pure alcohol.
With distributors across the globe, their award winning West Cork Irish Whiskey is now sold in almost 70 countries. West Cork Distillers mission is to make quality Irish Whiskey accessible while also maintaining their Irish ownership and staying true to their West Cork heritage. Their new distillery and visitor centre will open in 2020, making them the largest, wholly Irish owned distillery in the country.
Classic Irish fruitiness with a unique gentle peat backdrop. Initial impressions of orange oil, tart citrus, apple sauce, and fried plantains give way to toasty baking spices and a gentle interplay between sweet, spicy, and savoury smokiness. Unlike any other peated single malt and a friendly introduction to the world of peated whiskey.
This special release whiskey is a triple-distilled single malt aged in Sherry Casks for a minimum of 2 and 1/2 years and then finished for 4 – 6 months in barrels that have been charred using peat obtained from the iconic Glengarriff Forest in Southern Ireland. This innovative approach of peating the barrel rather than the malt requires that West Cork uses a proprietary charring device built by the distillery with the guidance of a local fifth-generation blacksmith.
Nose: Medicinal. Band aid (bear with me these are all good things, I swear!), grassy, graphite, and shaved pencil. Some burnt oak, too.
Palate: Soft, round mouthfeel with some ashy kind of smoke and vanilla notes.
Finish: Mostly nutmeg and baked goods on these pleasant finish.