Ireland’s Connacht Distillery Releases Its Inaugural Irish Single Malt

By Allyson Nichols / September 6, 2021

Connacht Distillery recently released its first core expression of Connacht Irish Whiskey, aged four years in ex-bourbon casks and finished in ex-Oloroso sherry casks.

Batch 1 of this Single Malt is created using 100% malted Irish barley and is double distilled in bespoke copper pot stills, designed and produced in Canada. Official tasting notes speak of aromas of raisin, a honey sweetness and hints of almond and star anise, as well as a palate of vanilla, spices, dried fruit and malt, with a warming, full bodied finish.

“What we’re trying to do in Irish whiskey is bring innovation that is both forward looking and a nod to the past, whether it’s different cask finishes or mash bills, the idea is to take a traditional element and put our own unique spin on it,” Master Distiller Robert Cassell said in a prepared statement.

Connacht Irish SIngle Malt

Connacht Irish SIngle Malt (image via Connacht)

The whiskey stands as the first whiskey from the Mayo area in Ireland in over 150 years, leading the distillery to become one of the few in its home nation to produce a single malt product made entirely of its own spirit.

“This really is the culmination of a decade long dream for us that has been fueled by our connections to the West of Ireland as well as a strong desire to create a whiskey that is reflective of the unique characteristics of the region,” Co-founder and CEO of the Connacht Distillery Tom Jensen added. “It’s been a long road, one made even longer by us choosing to age our whiskey beyond the legal minimum of 3 years, but we couldn’t be happier to take our place in the dynamic Irish whiskey market.”

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Available for a retail price of €65 ($76.49 USD) per 700ml bottle, Connacht Single Malt Irish Whiskey (47% ABV) is available through select retailers across Ireland, with international distribution rolling out in the US, France and Germany soon.