Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey is a no age statement grain whiskey which is aged in a combination of ex Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks.
Then Glendalough Distillery is part of the new wave of smaller Irish whisky distilleries. that also includes distillers such Teeling in Dublin. Previously the Irish whisky market was dominated by a handful of large distillers but in the last 10 years or so there has a been a massive increase in the number of small distilleries. The Glendalough Distillery is located at Glendalough just south of Dublin in the Wicklow Mountains. The name Glendalough means the “Glen of two lakes” and it is renowned as one of the most beautiful valleys in Ireland. There is also a 6th Century monastic settlement at Glendalough which was founded by the legendary monk, St Kevin, who is featured on the distillery’s labels. The distillery was founded by a group of 5 friends in 2011. They have bottled some older sourced whiskies from elsewhere, such as a 13 year old single malt, but there is more whisky from their own distillery now coming online.
This 100% grain whisky is distilled in a Coffey still. As mentioned above the Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey is aged in a combination of barrels. The whiskey is around 4 years old and is aged for 3 years in ex Bourbon casks and 6 months in ex Oloroso Sherry cask in Ireland’s temperate, maritime climate. The Bourbon casks are made from oak grown in Missouri which are then coopered and used to store Bourbon in Kentucky. They use a level 4 “alligator char” which really brings the wood alive in terms of flavour. This adds that charcoal mellowness, the sweetness of vanilla and caramel that perfectly compliment the flavours already present in the spirit. They bring to the whiskey a beautiful golden hue, and smoothen it to a creamy mouth-feel. The ex Oloroso casks are 500 litre butts made from European oak that have held Sherry made from Pedro Ximenez this lends intense flavours of raisins, sultanas, candied peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and Christmas pudding.