Irish By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / September 24, 2017 Irish whiskey producer Walsh Whiskey Distillery is known primarily for its The Irishman range of expressions. A few years back, founder Bernard Walsh went on a trip to Italy, laying the groundwork for a partnership with the Florio winery in the town of Marsala in Sicily that would ultimately result in two new bottlings finished in ex-sweet Marsala wine casks. The new The Irishman Founder’s Reserve – Florio Marsala Cask Finish and The Irishman 12 Year Old Single Malt – Florio Marsala Cask Finish, according to those behind them, were finished a minimum of one year in special hogshead casks which once housed Marsala wine from Florio. The reason Walsh had ended up at this winery was due to research into into new cask finishes for his portfolio of whiskeys which has also seen him visit Spain, France, Portugal, St. Lucia, China, Kentucky, and other parts of Italy. Information from the distillery indicates that, due to the evaporation during finishing that accounts for the so-called “angel’s share,” just 2,970 bottles of the Founder’s Reserve were filled last month from nine casks. This release will be spread across seven markets: Ireland, Italy, France, Holland, Switzerland, Travel Retail and Germany. It is a triple-distilled, non chill filtered whiskey that has an ABV of 46%. The 12 Year Old, meanwhile, was pulled from just a single cask, resulting in a 56% ABV, cask strength offering. It will be available just at the distillery, and is also triple-distilled and non chill filtered. “I have always loved sweet tasting wines,” said Walsh in a prepared statement, “so I was drawn to the Marsala from the outset, but I didn’t want it to overpower The Irishman expressions either. I am delighted that we have achieved two beautifully balanced whiskeys which we are proud to make the ninth and tenth expressions in our portfolio.” Read More Whiskey NewsBushmills Recently Launched 2 Rare Cask Finished Irish Single Malt WhiskeysYou’ll find official tasting notes for each below: The Irishman Founder’s Reserve – Florio Marsala Cask Finish Nose: Sweet Marsala, zesty spice, vanilla, summer fruits Taste: Malty aromas, red berries, bourbon oak, floral notes Finish: Hazelnut, oak spices, nougat, reminiscent of an Italian summer The Irishman 12 Year Old Single Malt – Florio Marsala Cask Finish Nose: Delicious dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, apples and pears Taste: Sundried fruits, peppercorns and spicy sultanas Finish: Lingering tones of honey and orange peel Shop Blackened American Whiskey co-created by METALLICA at ReserveBar! Celebrate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists with the spirits brand co-created by 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee: Metallica. Shop Now!