New The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Get’s An Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / November 20, 2020

The Irishman Founder’s Reserve is a key higher end offering from Irish whiskey label Walsh Whiskey, being tied to the Walsh family’s original whiskey. The Reserve offerings specifically come from an interest in reviving old whiskey recipes of the 19th century. Now, for 2020, the latest iteration of this expression has, for the first time, found itself finished in Oloroso sherry casks.

The new The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish, according to those behind it, is a blend of single malt and single pot still whiskeys that have been triple-distilled entirely in copper pots and aged in American oak bourbon barrels before being finished in Oloroso casks for an additional 12 months and bottled at 46% ABV.

The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish (image via Walsh Whiskey)

This decadent Oloroso sherry finish to Founder’s Reserve, which is our original whiskey, combines to deliver Christmas in a bottle,” said Bernard Walsh, creator of The Irishman range of whiskeys and Managing Director of Walsh Whiskey, in a prepared statement. “It is meant to be a treat to accompany the rich baking and cooking of the festive season, and of course to either reflect on the day or to share with your nearest and dearest.

“I hope you will join me in savouring a tasocan (‘tash-cawn’/ dram) of this limited edition over the Winter months.”

Plans call for this release to be limited to just 9 sherry butts, which will yield just over 8,000 bottles. It is being distributed across a limited number of markets including the USA, Canada, Russia, Ireland, and a select number of other key regions. Pricing has been set at €75 (around $100 USD).

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You’l find some official tasting notes below.

  • Nose: Nutty Oloroso Sherry notes mingle with the delicate aromas of dried fruit, tangerine and dark chocolate.
  • Taste: Hints of toasted oak and velvet spice add a sumptuous warmth to this powerfully complex expression.
  • Finish: A truly unforgettable dram.