Dublin is a cheek by jowl city, and often a city of contradictions. No place demonstrated this better than Copper Alley, which was found next to the city’s Christ Church Cathedral. Whilst this was the centre of the city’s piety, Copper Alley was the hub for debauchery, with bars and taverns that kept up all night. This whiskey pays homage to the spirit of the alley, capturing its vivid and fiery nature. This is an Irish single malt that has been aged for ten years in former bourbon casks, before a finishing period in a 30 year old Oloroso sherry cask hand chosen by Darryl McNally, the Master Blender and Distiller at The Dublin Liberties. On the nose, this whiskey is rich in spice and fruit aromas, with prunes, sultanas, apples and pears accompanied by vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and a slight hint of anise. The palate brings a thick and wine-like mouthfeel, with rich flavours of dried fruit, crumbling sugar, loaf cake and toffee. The finish is long and lingering, with residual dried fruits, and a slightly drying peppery note. This whisky is bottled at 46% ABV and without chill filtration. An excellent Irish single malt! Winner of a gold medal in the 2016 San Francisco Spirits Competition.