Tasting Notes For Glendalough Calvados XO Single Cask Irish Whiskey
Nose: Floral with vanilla, honey and orchard fruits.
Taste: Butterscotch, toffee, stewed apples and pears, cinnamon and honey.
Finish: Green apple skins and woody spices.
Single Malt Irish Whiskey matured in a first fill bourbon barrel initially for a total of 3 years, and then transferred into into a French oak calvados xo cask which had previously held apple brandy for six years. Sweet and smooth on the palate with touches of vanilla, honey, orchard fruits and woody spice.
The Glendalough Distillery was among Ireland’s first craft whiskey producers - founded by 5 friends with a mutual love of Irish whiskey and steeped in the lore and legend of Ireland back in 2011. The distillery is located in a narrow glacial valley in the Wicklow mountains, about an hour or so south of Dublin. Glendalough, pronounced glen-de-lock, is Gaelic for the glen of two lakes. County Wicklow, in which the valley is situated, is known as the “Garden of Ireland” and is among the most visited scenic attractions in the country. The venture was able to draw on the expertise of its founders Barry Gallagher and Brian Fagan, drinks analysts working in finance, and Gary McLoughlin and Kevin Keenan, who had experience in drinks advertising.
While drawing their inspiration from heritage, they weren't shy about innovation. With the help of another craft distillery, they first released a poitín distilled from sugar beet and barley and matured in Irish oak casks in 2012. Poitín was the origin of the species, the original “water of life”. It’s Ireland’s gift to the world, one of the first spirits ever to be distilled, but the people at Glendalough have added their own twist. They now even have a version matured in sherry casks.
In 2013 they set up a distillery in beautiful Wicklow for themselves after purchasing a Holstein still from Germany. While they wait for their own stocks to mature, they have sourced whiskey from the Cooley Distillery in Louth, but again they've managed to make it their own through the maturation and blending. Each bottle features the image of St Kevin, a sixth century hermit monk who founded a monastery in the valley of the two lakes.
Producer Glendalough Distillery Style Blended Irish Whiskey Age No age statement Volume 70CL ABV 42%