About Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
The Shed Distillery is the brainchild of PJ Rigney – a creator of new recipes, an inventor, and an experimenter, who dreamed of building his own distillery. He found the perfect location for his venture in the rural Irish town of Drumshanbo, and built an authentic distillery with 5 state-of-the-art copper pot stills, 3 of which are used in making Irish whiskey and 2 are used to distill Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, and 2 copper column stills, which are used to produce Sausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka. On the Winter Solstice of 2014, PJ, together with his wife Denise Rigney and a dedicated team of distillers, laid down the first whiskey in the province in over a century.
Using traditional methods and experimenting with wild grains, Irish flora, and exotic botanicals, the distillery makes the finest Irish spirits. Fusing oriental botanicals with the local Irish ones resulted in the unique Gunpowder Irish Gin. Melding the time-trusted method of blending Irish malted and Irish un-malted barley with the creamy texture of Irish Barra Oats, the distillery created its truly exceptional Single Pot Still Irish whiskey, which is the first Irish whiskey from the Western province of Connacht in over 105 years.
Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is Shed Distillery’s flagship expression made using malted Irish barley, un-malted Irish barley, and Irish Barra oats, which are all milled on site. The grains are mashed with hot water sourced from a nearby aquifer at a controlled temperature for about 6–7 hours, and the resulting liquid is cooled and fermented. The wash is then triple distilled and filled into a mix of first use wooden casks that previously held either Kentucky Bourbon or Oloroso Sherry. After maturing for five years, this small-batch whiskey is blended and bottled at 43% ABV.
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The Shed distillery is an up and comer in the spirits industry. Located in County Leitrim, in the tiny rural village of Drumshanbo, The Shed is the first new distillery in rural Connacht in over 100 years. Riding in the wake of this fresh resurgence of Irish whiskey, The Shed currently produces gins, while they wait for their whiskey to mature.
The Shed distillery is the venture of P.J. Rigney — the entrepreneur behind Boru Vodka and Sheridans liqueur. Rigney is a pioneer in the Irish village, his innovative experimental distilling bringing the small rural town of Drumshanbo into the modern era of distilling. The re-birth of Irish distilling, came to the rural village of Drumshanbo, December 21st, 2014, during the winter solstice.
This new handcraft distillery uses traditional distillation methods, incorporating medieval copper stills into production. Drumshambo is also the first multi-purpose distillery of its kind in Ireland. The Shed offers several spirits featuring experimental recipes for herbaceous gins, potato vodkas and new liqueurs, including a distinctive Blackforest Gateau liqueur called "My Three Graces." Their highly original Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is crafted with Asian botanicals and gunpowder tea.
About Irish Whiskey
Contrary to popular belief that Scots invented whisk(e)y, Irish whiskey was mentioned almost a century before its Scottish brother.
Its origin comes from the perfume distilling monks who decided to tweak the recipe a bit, creating Irish whiskey.
Irish whiskey doesn’t have a lot of rules and regulations to be considered “pure” and can be made with various grains and processes, as long as it is aged for at least three years in wooden casks and has a max ABV of 94.8%.
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