Glendalough Pot Still Irish Whiskey
2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Gold Medal Winner
2020 San Francisco World Spirits Gold Medal Winner
There is no more Irish a whiskey than Pot Still, so we felt it was fitting to age it in Irish Oak. We at Glendalough Distillery are proud to play our part in bringing back the use of Irish oak for whiskey cask-making. This most quintessentially Irish style of whiskey, pot still, is first matured in ex-bourbon casks, then in Irish Oak felled in the mountains around the distillery. While the bourbon cask softens and sweetens the whiskey, the higher levels of flavor in Irish oak complement and balance the classic pot still spices. We like this one neat, over ice, or in a highball (garnished with a grapefruit peel & mint sprig).
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This 86-proof spirit matured in ex-bourbon casks for three years before it was transferred for an additional year of aging in virgin Irish oak casks, which were sustainably harvested from the mountains surrounding the distillery. The nose proffers aromas of jasmine, sweet summer peach, and toffee, and the palate is feather-light, with nuances of peanut brittle and cocoa-dusted apricot.
The Glendalough Distillery was created up by a group of friends from Wicklow and Dublin with a passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland.
In the 18th & 19th centuries there were over 200 licensed distilleries in Ireland and along with countless unlicensed ones produced diverse styles of poitín, whiskey, gin and even absinthe. Until recently that dropped to a small handful.
After many an evening's banter and debate over why there weren't more craft distilleries in the birthplace of distilling, the friends convinced each other to leave the safety of their day jobs, head into the mountains and take a chance on something more meaningful (much like the man on the bottle, St Kevin). Together they built a craft distillery near their favorite spot in those mountains, Glendalough.
The result of an historically prohibitive tax placed on malted barley by the English crown, Irish Whiskey is most often produced from a combination of un-malted barley and other grains. Whereas most other Whiskeys are twice distilled, Irish Whiskeys are distilled three times in a column still and must mature in oak barrels for a minimum of three years. These intricate production steps combine to make them lighter, smoother and more approachable than other styles.