Macaloney’s Island Distillery, helmed by whisky maker Graeme Macaloney, is launching a quartet of Irish-style, triple distilled single pot still whiskies.
In a prepared statement, Macaloney said, “As a Scot of 7th century Irish extraction, I used to revel in the joke that the Irish say they ‘gave whisky making to the Scots and the Scots begrudgingly agree… but add that they made it better!'”
He was speaking about his recent foray into the pot still whisky category.
“In our case here at Macaloney’s, I come by my pot still whisky making honestly.. I studied Irish pot still whisky making at Midleton distillery in Ireland where I spent time with their master whisky maker who taught me their traditional methods,” Macaloney added.
This inaugural launch of Macaloney’s triple-distilled, single pot still whiskies recently brought home two gold medals at the World Whiskies Awards in the UK. Killeigh Whiskymaker’s Signature Selection won Canada’s Best Potstill, and Kildara Whiskymaker’s Signature Selection won gold as well.
These two pot still whiskies, along with the single cask Kirkinriola Moscatel and the single cask Kirkinriola Portuguese Red Wine, are now available in Canada, the U.S., UK and select EU countries through their online shop at www.MacaloneyDistillers.com, and at the distillery’s tasting room in Saanich on Vancouver Island.
In order to make traditional Irish-style triple distilled potstill whisky, Macaloney attended the Midleton Irish Whiskey Academy and met twice with their past master distiller, Brian Nation, over the course of two years in order to get his advice and input on traditional Irish methods.
Back in Canada, Macaloney explained, he then overlaid whisky master Dr. Jim Swan’s methods whereby he optimized a traditional whisky process to be the best that it can possibly be.
For more information or to find a bottle, check out www.macaloneydistillers.com.