A single pot still Irish whiskey from The Shed distillery in County Leitrim in the country's north.
Part of the Irish whiskey renaissance, The Shed have previously released lauded Gunpowder gin and Sausage Tree vodka before their whiskey came to maturation.
This has been distilled in the traditional Irish pot still method, that is, utilising both malted and un-malted (or "green") barley. In addition to this, they've used Irish Barra oats.
Wholly triple-distilled at their distillery, the whiskey is matured in a mixture of ex-oloroso sherry and ex-Kentucky bourbon casks. Bottled at 43%, there is no added colour and no chill filtration.
As well as the balance of the structure malted barley gives with the spice and richness of the green malt, Head Distiller Brian Taft says the small proportion of local Barra oats is what gives this dram a layer of creaminess.
It is believed to be the first whiskey produced in Ireland's western Connacht province in over a century.
Arrives in Australia in February 2020 in limited quantities and under strict allocations.
Official Tasting Notes:
Nose: Rich and extravagant, yet balanced with aromatic warm pot spice, vanilla and dried fruit aromas.
Palate: Complex and fully balanced, a glorious marriage of pot spice, fig, Oloroso sherry and toasted oak notes.
Finish: Elegant with a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel. It lingers sublimely on the palate.
Whisky Advocate named it amongst it's top 20 whiskies of 2020 writing, "Polished creamy sweetness and aromatic spices herald this striking dram... Aromas of caramel, brioche, satsuma, and dried apricot draw you in, ushering in a luscious palate of pear, apple, and freewheeling spices bolstered by dried citrus, lime, and toasted coconut."
The Shed Distillery was founded in 2014 by PJ Rigney and has five pot stills (three for whiskey, two for gin) and two coppoer column stills (for vodka), all made by Germany's Holstein. Located in the rural town of Drumshanbo, in 2014 it was the first time that whiskey have been distilled in Connacht for 101 years.
- Single Pot Still
- The Shed