Monday, November 7, 2022

The Irishman The Harvest Single Malt and Single Pot Irish Whiskey. Killowen/Blackwater Poitín Combination. Cork's Cask nets another cocktail award.

There's more than one Irishman! 


+ below, Killowen/Blackwater Poitín Combination

Cork's Cask nets another national cocktail award.


The Irishman The Harvest Single Malt and Single Pot Irish Whiskey 40% ABV

Widely available at about €40.00.

Here’s the introduction from producers Walsh Whiskey: The Irishman. Premium Irish Whiskey. Exceptional character. Championing Irish Single Malt. The recreation of age-old recipes to create unrivalled expressions. For a new generation of whiskey enthusiasts.

The dark coloured Harvest is noticeably spicy - almost sneeze inducing pepper - on the nose Pot Still spice, dark chocolate and bourbon oak. And that spice, now of a more rounded and pleasant nature, continues right through, with some fruit along with vanilla from the oak also on the palate, before this excellent full bodied whiskey finishes long with more from the oak and a touch of caramel. A good whiskey then and good value also at forty euro.

The distillery: "To honour Ireland’s rich agricultural and distilling heritage, we have chosen to rename our signature whiskey. Previously known as Founder’s Reserve, The Harvest is a unique marriage of Single Malt and Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.”

It is 70% Single Malt and 30% Single Pot Still. Triple distilled, matured in American Oak Bourbon barrels, and crafted from a mash bill made entirely of Irish barley.

Just when you think you have your Irishman sorted, you find out that there’s more than one type. No fewer than five available to you. This Harvest, plus the Single Malt, along with the Caribbean Cask Finish, the Single Malt 12-year old and the Single Malt 17-year old. Find out more, including cocktail recipes, here.

*It is widely available. I didn’t buy a bottle but, as a member of the store's Hip Flask Club, I got mine filled with close to 180mls (6 ozs) at Bradley’s, North Main St, Cork.


Press release

Historic Irish Poitín Collaboration

In a continuation of 2022 #theyearofthepoitín

Killowen Distillery have collaborated with our friends Blackwater Distillery to produce a limited edition Irish Poitín. This is the first time such a project has been undertaken and celebrates the Irish Poitín category with producers on both sides of the border coming together to work on an all-island spirit. read more

Killowen who are based in County Down sent local Knockshee oats to Blackwater, and in return the Waterford distillery sent their heritage barley north of the border. Both distilleries then went on to produce an Irish Poitín from this grain, which was then vatted. The distilleries split the final batch and have each bottled half of it, in separate packaging that mirrors the other.
Poitín is Ireland’s oldest spirit, and started life underground in 1661 when taxes were first introduced, the drink is only now coming out of the shadows. This then is a very limited and special one-off celebration of a category that is at last finding it’s own voice.

Brendan Carty of Killowen Distillery explained, “as excited as we are about our own whiskey, we also have a target to revolutionise the poitín category and people’s attitudes towards it. This collaboration is an exciting release that showcases this unique spirit, as well as celebrating a drink that crosses boundaries and borders.’

‘In these difficult times,’ said Peter Mulryan of Blackwater Distillery, ‘it’s important to remember we all share a small island and that our heritage is precious. This project with Killowen brings together two of Ireland’s most innovative distilleries, one north, one south, but with a shared vision.’
A Dó Irish Poitín, from the Irish ‘two’ is available from all Killowen trading partners, online via Irish Malts in the Island of Ireland, Umbrella project in Mainland UK and many wonderful retailers North and South.

Please note there may be a slight delay in it reaching the shelves over the coming days.

The RRP £36.95 or €41.95 and there are about 420 bottles from each distillery.


Press release

Cask Takes Home Top Cocktail Accolade 

at Food&Wine Awards

High resolution images are available here

Cask in Cork was announced as winner of the Best Cocktail Experience at the 2022 Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards in association with Rémy Martin, which took place at The Mansion House, yesterday, Sunday, 6th November.

The Food&Wine Restaurant Awards, judged by a panel of experts chaired by Food&Wine editor Gillian Nelis, seek to recognise the breadth of talent in the hospitality industry in Ireland. Since opening in 2017 on MacCurtain Street in the heart of Cork city, Cask has won multiple awards with its bartenders representing Ireland internationally with seasonal-led and terroir-focussed cocktails. This latest award caps a very exciting year for the team behind Cask who recently opened their newest venture, Paladar, a Latin American-inspired cocktail bar and restaurant on Cork’s Bridge Street.

Cask’s managing partner Andy Ferreira, is delighted with the most recent win, saying  "The Food & Wine Awards are one of the most respected awards programmes in the industry and it’s a real honour for Cask to be recognised as the Best Cocktail Experience in Ireland. It's all down to our amazing team past and present and the incredible Irish products we work with daily ." 

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