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New Irish Whiskey Is Finished In Seaweed Charred Casks

Origin Spirits is an Ireland based liquor brand looking to do some innovate spirits in the industry. To date, under the leadership of “Patrick Shelley, a longtime veteran of the fine spirits industry who has worked internationally for LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) for 15 years,” they’ve created a single malt peat cask vodka and a single malt gin, among other expressions. Now Origin has drifted into Irish whiskey, recently announcing a new whiskey that’s been finished in seaweed charred casks.

The new Currach Irish Single Malt, according to those behind it, is triple distilled from 100% Irish malted barley before first being aged in first fill, ex-bourbon casks. It is then finished in unique “seaweed charred virgin oak casks.” The reason for this? It is said that “the objective was to create the perfect union of Irish land and sea in a whiskey that celebrates the best of Irish Terroir. The result creates a rich, multi-layered and complex whiskey with a delicate umami character.”

Information from Origin indicates the seaweed used for this bottling is Kombu Kelp, and that it “is sustainably hand harvested off the wild Atlantic coast of Co. Clare by a fourth generation seaweed harvesting family. It is 100% naturally grown and organically certified.” 

Currach Irish Single Malt
Currach Irish Single Malt (image via Origin Spirits)

As it stands right now this is an Irish only release, bottled at 46% ABV and boasting no age statement. You’ll find some official tasting notes below for your consideration. It should be noted as well that the name of this whiskey, Currach, “comes from a traditional Irish boat made of wicker, animal skins and tar going back to the Neolithic times. It would have been used to gather religious artefacts, transport whiskey to Scotland and today is still used to harvest seaweed in Ireland.”

  • Nose: Toffee and raisins with hints of almond, backed by a roasted kombu aroma.
  • Palate: Arabic roast coffee fused with salted caramel and dark chocolate notes complemented by nutty, earthy, lightly smoked and umami undertones.
  • Finish: Dark and rich flavours fade to leave a persistent and delicately sweet maritime finish.

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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