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Dingle Distillery Debuts Its Samhain Irish Single Malt In The U.S.

Dingle Distillery has announce the U.S. launch of Samhain Single Malt Whiskey, the first expression to come from the brand’s new Wheel of the Year Series. With 10,000 bottles of Dingle Samhain Single Malt Whiskey set to be released worldwide, only 1,500 of those bottles are allocated to the U.S.

Celebrating the beginning of winter and the Celtic new year, Samhain coincides with the first release from the Dingle Distillery’s new Wheel of The Year series. Described as being “inspired by this ancient Irish celebration, the Dingle Samhain Single Malt Whiskey release is a tribute to those time-honored traditions and the heritage of Dingle Distillery.”

“We are excited to reveal the Dingle Samhain Single Malt Whiskey to the U.S. market,” said Elliot Hughes, Managing Director at Dingle Distillery, in a prepared statement. “As Samhain has been celebrated in Ireland for over 2,000 years as well as annually in Dingle and across the land, this release distills a core part of our heritage. This is the first whiskey in our new Wheel of The Year Series and is steeped in the traditions of times past that we intend to honor and pay tribute.

Dingle Samhain
Dingle Distillery has announce the U.S. launch of Samhain Single Malt Whiskey, the first expression to come from the brand’s new Wheel of the Year Series. (image via DIngle)

“We are proud to introduce this latest edition to our Dingle family and believe this limited-edition is one that whiskey lovers and collectors won’t want to miss.”

As the Celtic Wheel of the Year is divided into eight periods, the new Dingle Wheel of The Year series is set to launch eight editions, “following the rhythm of the seasons, equinoxes, and solstices. Samhain is one of the four main seasonal fire festivals, named after the belief in the cleansing powers of fire.

“Traditionally, after sunset, Samhain commenced with towering bonfires set ablaze in pairs and livestock were driven between them, believing that the smoke possessed cleansing powers. In ancient Ireland, farming was the epicenter of people’s lives and hugely dependent on the seasons, thus the turn of each season was celebrated with great reverence – and still is to this day.”

Matured in first fill bourbon casks before a long two-year finish in first fill Muscatel casks, the Dingle Samhain Single Malt Whiskey is bottled at 50.5% ABV and available at suggested retail price $150 per 700ml bottle. Distillery tasting notes are as follows:

  • Nose: Warm, Floral, Citrus, Cherry
  • Taste: Zesty with Hints of Raisins, Almonds, Sweet Spice, and Raspberry
  • Finish: Long Finish of Summer Fruits, Pepper, and Cinnamon Spice

Dingle’s Samhain Single Malt Whiskey is available in 15 markets as well as online via Reservebar.com starting in November. For more information on Dingle Distillery, please visit: https://dingledistillery.ie/.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the former founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award-winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y globally. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert, and judge, he has written extensively about the subject, been interviewed in various media outlets, and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions.

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