Hinch Craft & Casks Irish Whiskey Imperial Stout Finish is part of a series of joint ventures between Hinch distillery and Irish Craft breweries to create distinctly different beer barrel aged whiskies. This is a partnership with Whitewater Brewery in Co Down.
Hinch Irish Whiskey was founded by well-known Belfast businessman Dr Terry Cross OBE. He is currently building a new distillery and £14 million visitor centre on the Killaney Estate near the town of Ballynahinch, after which the whiskey is named (Baile na hlnse in Irish, means “The Town of the Island”). The distillery is a twenty minute drive from Belfast city centre and should be finished in 2021. This will not be Cross’s first foray into the drinks business, he also owns and produces wine at Chateau de La Ligne in the Bordeaux region of France. Hinch was named as one of the brands to watch in the Irish spirits category for 2019 by the Spirits Business.
Whilst the distillery is being built, and stocks of whiskey are being built up, a core range has been introduced made from whiskies sourced from third party suppliers. The master distiller has created a small range of blended whiskies which consists of Hinch Small Batch, the 5 Year Old Double Wood, the 10 Year Old Sherry Cask, and a Pot Still and Peated Single Malt. There is also a gin called Ninth Wave Gin. The water source for the distillery is the Silent Valley Reservoir which is reputed to be the cleanest water in Ireland.
The Hinch Craft & Casks Irish Whiskey Imperial Stout Finish uses casks which was used to age the Kreme de la Kremlin Imperial Stout from the Whitewater Brewery. Their Kreme de la Kremlin Imperial Stout brings orchard fruits and a luxurious mouthfeel of light toffee, coffee, vanilla sweetness with cinnamon spice to follow. The whiskey was aged in the craft beer casks for a minimum of 12 months. A modern and bold move for the whiskey lovers proudly made in County Down.
Appearance – Auburn Hue
Nose – At first it’s all fresh orchard fruits and then comes
the buttered toffee and a whiff of banana. You can sense
the presence of dark cocoa and heavily roasted coffee
just waiting to appear.
Taste – Luxurious mouthfeel that offers a combination of
light toffee, coffee and vanilla sweetness. Hints of citrus
zest, cinnamon spice balanced by caramelised sugar
provide the encore. There’s definitely dark chocolate
influence but so well integrated into the whole as not to