About Glendalough 7 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Glendalough is an idyllic little town in eastern Ireland. Gaelic for “valley of two lakes,” it was said to have been founded by a man named Saint Cóemgen—also known as Saint Kevin. The Glendalough Distillery, Ireland’s first new craft distillery, was set up by five friends from Wicklow and Dublin with a deep passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland.
The 18th & 19th centuries there were the glory days of the Irish whiskey industry, with over 200 licensed distilleries in all of Ireland. There were also countless unlicensed distilleries at the time, producing diverse styles of poitín, whiskey, gin and even absinthe. But through a series of unfortunate events, the Irish Whiskey Industry dried to a trickle in the 1970’s.
Glendalough Distillery is part of a revival of this Irish heritage. Their philosophy is “to make innovative spirits while staying true to the tradition and heritage of our ancestors.” Glendalough started out making poitín - the traditional Irish distillate made in small pot stills. From there they seamlessly transitioned to whiskey production, and most recently, seasonal, wild botanical gins. All of their production is handmade.
Saint Kevin serves as the inspiration for their 7-year-old single malt. According to legend, Kevin lived in the wilderness for seven years before the building of his city of seven churches. This single malt is double distilled, and aged in first fill Bourbon barrels. Bottled at 46% ABV, it is rich and sweet on the nose, with a velvety smooth palate imbued with orange zest, creme brûlée, baking spices and oak, with a luxurious tangy finish.
Their bottle design pays tribute to the town of their namesake, and its roots. “Have a look on our bottle, you’ll see 7 silver crosses. These will lead you to each of the 7 churches, should you ever be stirred into going to Glendalough.”Glendalough’s 7YO is a 2016 Irish Whiskey Awards Gold medalist, and a Silver medalist of the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
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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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