One half a two-part series that makes use of material found in the West Cork nature reserve of Glengarriff Forest, one of the finest examples of oceanic sessile oak.
This bottling from Ireland’s most south-westerly distillery has initially been matured in sherry casks, before a finishing period in casks that have been charred using peat gathered in the Glengarriff Forest.
Ensuring they remain true to their roots, West Cork enlisted a local blacksmith to produce a specialised tool for the charring process.
The final result is fascinating Irish Single Malt, which delivers notes of citrus rind, earth, cinnamon, malt, pear, banana, charred oak, funky peat, dried fruit, white pepper, toffee and slight coffee.
Peat-influenced Irish whiskey remains something of a rarity, and this bottling offers a slightly different take on the style. A really interesting dram, with a great sense of terroir.