Grace O’ Malley Releases Limited Edition Dark Char Cask Irish Whiskey

By Allyson Nichols / March 29, 2021

Grace O’ Malley Spirits recently announced the release of a limited edition Dark Char Cask Irish Whiskey (42% ABV) in Ireland.

The premium blend combines multiple batches of Irish whiskey of varying age statements up to ten years finished in deep char casks and is cut with rock filtered water from County Mayo in the West of Ireland. According to official tasting notes, the extra time in darkness allows for vanilla and caramel notes, and a long, smooth finish with hints of roasted coffee bean.

Grace O’Malley Dark Char Cask Irish Whiskey

Grace O’Malley Dark Char Cask Irish Whiskey (image via Grace O’ Malley Spirits)

Grace O’Malley Dark Char Cask Irish Whiskey is presented in a hand-tied, embossed leather label with each bottle individually numbered.

“Charring a cask primes the wood to release flavors such as vanilla and toffee notes,” Grace O’ Malley Cellar Master & Blender Paul Caris said in a prepared statement. “We have toasted and charred French Oak and American Oak casks to level 4 and used these in finishing. It gives added complexity and depth to the whiskey.”

Grace O’Malley Spirits collaborates with a team of local coopers, Irish distillers from The Great Northern Distillery and technical advisers, including Caris, in bringing distinctive premium Irish whiskeys and gin to the world. With the name dedicated to the 16th-century Irish pirate queen, also known as Granuaile, born into Irish nobility in Co. Mayo in 1530, the brand is dedicated to “celebrating female leadership through rebellious spirit.”

This whiskey retails at €65 ($90.45 USD) and is available from Irishmalts.com, jamesfox.ie and the Celtic Whiskey Shop. Full official tasting notes can be found below.

  • Nose: Coffee, bourbon vanilla, chocolate milk, roasted wheat, caramel candy.
  • Palate: Medium body palate delivering complex flavors of dried fruit cake and layers of oak.
  • Finish: Smooth finish with hints of roasted coffee bean.