Lambay Irish Whiskey, through a new collaboration, is set to release a limited-edition Reserve Cask Series of single malts.
Created with family-owned cognac maker Camus and the Baring Family’s Revelstoke Trust, Lambay Irish Whiskey is a combination of what’s described as ancient Irish whiskey making and five generations of French Cognac blending and maturation expertise.
Ireland’s Lambay Island is a unique location, just three miles off the coast of Dublin, Ireland. It’s a playground for puffins, a sanctuary for seabirds, and the adopted home of a troupe of wallabies.
Lambay Island is also home to the whiskey’s bonded warehouse, the Sea Cask Room, which sits open to the micro-climate of maritime winds and sea pollens on Lambay.
The resting casks there, it is said, effectively absorb the island’s maritime conditions of iodine, sea spray, and salt that enrich the brand’s oak cognac casks with complex taste profiles.
The whiskey is born from independently sourced single malts used to create the new, three-part Reserve Cask Series.
Lambay Whiskey Single Malt – Batch 01 is the first batch of the series, limited to 10,000 bottles. It’s available in Ireland, Denmark, France, The Netherlands, China, and Japan and also at www.shoplambaywhiskey.com. Batch 02 is set to release at the end of 2022 and Batch 03 at the end of 2023.
“This series is designed to push the boundaries for our whiskey fans to taste the diversity of cask finishes we can create in our single malts,” said Sabine Sheehan, global brand ambassador for Lambay Whiskey, in a prepared statement. “Our first Lambay Single Malt release in 2018 was a huge success with its floral, tropical notes and lingering sweetness attracting new whiskey drinkers to Lambay.”
She said that oak, tobacco, salt and peat will challenge the traditional sweet, floral and mellow profile they’ve had before, opening up to new consumers that prefer those taste profiles.
The distiller’s notes explain that Batch 01 contains a higher percentage of island matured Lambay Single Malt, delivering a more intense salty note. The single malt consists of both first-fill and second-fill cognac cask finishing, which creates a more intense mouthfeel of spice, tobacco, and pepper on the palette.
Blended with single malt from their Island warehouse, the whiskey has smoky attributes with slight salinity and a lingering finish that balances the oak and herb notes.
Before bottling at 43% ABV, the island’s own Trinity Well water is added in the final flourish.
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