Origin: Killarney (Ireland)
Type: Premium Blended Irish Whiskey
Ageing casks: Ex-Imperial Stout
Added colouring: No
Owner: Killarney Brewing & Distilling Company
Average price: € 90,00
Official website: killarneydistilling.com
The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most fascinating and beautiful places, offering not only amazing natural attractions, but soon a brewery with an adjoining distillery and visitor centre.
Founded in 2013 by two local entrepreneurs, Tim O’Donoghue and Paul Sheahan, and an American with Irish roots, Liam Healy, the company is celebrating its eight-year anniversary this 2021 with the construction of a new brewing facility and a distillery, of malt and grain, where they will begin making their own whiskey.
And to mark this milestone, Killarney launched this first bottling, a blend of third-party Irish whiskeys, aged in casks that contained their Imperial Stout.
Beer which, in turn, was matured in the same whiskey casks: quite a short circuit!
1,092 bottles sold in a package that also contains a special edition of the beer itself, and it’s a non-random number being also that of the year in which the Annals of Inisfallen were written, by monks living in Lough Leane, near Killarney.
A slightly closed nose clearly shows the influence of the stout, with brown sugar, ripe pear, pineapple, vanilla, caramel and a hint of sweet liquorice. Rather underwhelming.
In the mouth it acquires liveliness and depth, with good peppery tones on more pronounced fruit tones (pear, pineapple, dried apricot), also candied, sugar paste, marzipan, caramelised apple and lots and lots of coffee. Bitterness throughout, with a high percentage of fondant, with a slight saline hint along the length.
The finish is quite long and bitter, with apple, nuts, coffee and a touch of black pepper.
A somewhat weak nose hides a full and rich palate, varied, in which the stout has released its aromas that pair nicely with those of the blend (probably from ex-Bourbon), even if they tend to overpower it a little. But in this case that’s not a bad thing, as the end result is fun and very drinkable.
Who knows what we’ll find in three years’ time?