This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Killowen distillery releasing its first gin and poitín and Jameson release a triple cask variant.
So let’s see what’s happening this week in our Irish whiskey news.
Killowen Distillery will be releasing its first small batch Gin and Poitin today. The bottles will be available to order directly online across 31 countries, including the USA through Irishmalts.com. Focusing on centuries of gin making in Ireland, Killowen Distillery place seasonal botanicals to the fore, many of which are handpicked from the immediate locality. The result is an unusual gin celebrating its maritime and highland environment within the Mourne Mountains.
Killowen’s unique distillation methods include flame fed stills, worm tub condensation and unique pot stills moulded on Irish whiskey stills of old. The Mash Bills (whiskey recipes) are reflective of Irish whiskey from a time when Irish whiskey was the drink of choice throughout the world.
Killowen’s poitín encapsulates these historical disciplines of our native spirit to create a truly superior spirit fitting of the word poitín. It hits the nose with the scent of grass and pine cones. The tongue can taste the oatmeal and vanilla. The spices can be felt in the swallow.
Fans of Jameson Irish Whiskey generally know that this well-loved brand is triple distilled and blended from a combination of whiskies drawn from ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Those that make this whiskey are now looking to shake things up a bit with the introduction of a third cask type into the maturation process.
The new Jameson Triple Triple, according to those behind it, has been triple distilled and blended from a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks with the addition of hand-selected casks that have been seasoned with fortified wine from Malaga. The Malaga cask contribution is said to add “notes of citrus, orchard fruits and spice resulting in a whiskey that has a subtle sweetness and an extra drop of smoothness.”
“At Jameson, we’ve known that good things come in threes ever since John Jameson set up his distillery on Bow Street in Dublin and introduced the world to triple-distilled Jameson Irish Whiskey,” said Billy Leighton, Master Blender at Midleton Distillery, in a prepared statement. “Jameson Triple Triple is no exception to this rule. Our single pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys have been further enhanced through triple cask maturation to create an exciting new taste experience.”
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