Organic Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Becomes A New Thing In Ireland - The Whiskey Wash

Organic Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Becomes A New Thing In Ireland

The Walsh Whiskey Distillery, which was commissioned in March 2016, is one of Ireland’s newest distilleries and also one of its largest at 8 million bottles annual capacity. It is equipped with both pot stills and column stills in the one still house, and it is there that what’s being called the world’s first organic single pot still Irish whiskey has just been produced.

Under founder Bernard Walsh’s watch earlier this month in Royal Oak, where the distillery is located, a distillation process was commenced based upon a mash of organic malted and unmalted barley which, along with pure water, make up the ingredients of pot still whiskey. The new make spirit was triple distilled in the distillery’s three copper pot stills, coming off the stills and into the spirit safe at 81% ABV. It was then filled into both first fill bourbon barrels and virgin oak barrels and will mature for a minimum of 5 years before being released under the distillery’s Writers’ Tears label.

Bernard Walsh, Founder & Managing Director of Walsh Whiskey Distillery pictured with the organic barley used in the distillation (image via Walsh Whiskey Distillery)

“With both the pot and column stills allied to the capacity available to us here at Royal Oak,” said Walsh in a prepared statement, “as well as the strength of our brands, we aim to be leaders in the development of and innovation within the Irish whiskey category – and this is one expression of that goal. Single Pot Still is a truly distinctive style of whiskey that is unique and true to Ireland. Similarly, Writers’ Tears is a unique and distinctive whiskey brand that resonates strongly with world-class, Irish creativity. This first ever Organic Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey will combine the magic of both these propositions to create what will be a unique new super-premium whiskey for whiskey enthusiasts to savour.”

Plans call for this Irish whiskey to be released at the earliest in 2023, and it is anticipated that this batch will yield in the region of 30,000 bottles.

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As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.