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Boann Distillery Presents Three New Whistler Whiskeys

Ireland’s Boann Distillery recently launched three new whiskeys that fall into their premium Whistler range.

A statement from the distiller notes that the cask-finished series features whiskeys that are triple distilled, with each having a unique finish. This includes a 16-year-old single malt finished in Palo Cortado Sherry casks.

First in the range is the Whistler Dark Symphony, a whiskey that took home honors from the World Whiskies Awards this year, and is a blend of 20% malt and 80% grain.

16-Year-Old Whistler El Misterioso
Ireland’s Boann Distillery recently launched three new whiskeys that fall into their premium Whistler range. (image via Boann)

The Dark Symphony is finished in New Era Oak Casks’ Cognac barrels for at least 12 months. The distiller explained that the N.E.O.C. process includes hand-shaving and toasting the staves to bring forward oak spiciness, which meld with notes of candied fruits from the cognac influence.

The whiskey clocks in at 43% ABV, is non-chill filtered, and contains no caramel coloring.

Another offering, the Whistler 10-year-old French Oak, is a single malt whiskey that highlights traits of two different species of oak.

The whiskey is matured in American oak for a full-bodied, honeyed profile. It’s finished in French oak infused with Bordeaux wine. The French barrel was taken through the N.E.O.C. process to offer a virgin oak base for further maturation, giving the whiskey a ‘New Oak’ style spice that blends with notes of dried fruits.

And the oldest whiskey in the range is the single malt 16-year-old Whistler El Misterioso, which comes presented in a bright red, single bottle gift pack.

The 16-year-old was first matured in second-fill bourbon barrels for 14 years, then finished in Palo Cortado Sherry casks for two years.

The distillers notes explain that mystery surrounds the barrel that once held Palo Cortado, as the origin of the liquid can’t quite be deciphered. It’s a Sherry that occurs by accident, and is only produced naturally from one to two percent of grapes pressed for Sherry.

The unique Sherry aging brings about a triple-distilled, pot still single malt that’s bottled at 43% ABV.

The Whistler Dark Symphony retails for €52.50, the 10-year-old French Oak for €75, and the 16-year-old Whistler El Misterioso for €165.

For complete tasting notes for all three whiskeys, or to find a bottle, check out the Boann Distillery website at

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