Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey, a 4-year old grain Whiskey that is finished in port barrels from The Connacht Whiskey Company Ltd. will be available in the U.S. starting in March of 2018.
Hand-bottled at Connacht’s distillery in the rugged west of Ireland, Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey (43% ABV) embodies the best of the word’s meaning: an exclamation of triumph over the rival team; a rallying cry between lifelong friends; a toast to a difficult journey or a hard-fought victory. Ballyhoo begins as a sourced Irish Whiskey with a mash bill of 93% corn imported from France and 7% malted barley that we bring to our distillery to further age and finish in used port barrels from Portugal. This second step softens the grain Whiskey and rounds out the flavor into an easy sipper. We do not add artificial color or caramel, so the product remains quite light in appearance, but with some reddish undertones from the port.
The color has been described as very light with some subtle reddish hue. On the nose, the Whiskey is light and soft with gentle vanilla, whilst on the palate, there are some nice notes of vanilla with some hints of spice and subtle wood from the bourbon casks. However, the additional port finishing softens the Whiskey. It lingers long, warm and ever so smooth despite being light in body. It is perfect neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail.
Connacht is not sacrificing quality for cost with Ballyhoo, which is attractively priced at $29.99.
Until it has sufficient stocks of its own 4-year-old Whiskey, Connacht has sourced premium Whiskey from other Irish distillers and then re-barrel it in used port barrels on site in their aging warehouse to further enhance the taste and finish. The final Whiskey is hand-bottled under the guidance of Connacht’s Master Distiller, Robert Cassell.
Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey will be available in 750 ml bottles this Spring in NY, NJ, PA, MD, DC, DE, MA, and IL. MSRP is $29.99.
Four other Connacht products currently available in many states throughout the U.S. include Conncullin Irish Gin; Brothership Irish-American Blended Whiskey; Straw Boys Irish Vodka; Straw Boys Irish Poitin; and Spade&Bushel 10-Year-Old Single Malt Cask Strength Irish Whiskey.
The Connacht Whiskey Company Ltd. is the result of a dream shared by four men, three Americans, and one Irishman, to bring single malt pot still Irish Whiskey back to the West of Ireland after an absence of over 100 years. The independently owned Connacht Distillery is located in Ballina, County Mayo, on the banks of the lovely River Moy and only a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
The Connacht Distillery is producing and aging its own pot still Irish Whiskey on site. It also produces Conncullin Irish Gin, Brothership Irish-American Whiskey, Straw Boys Irish Vodka, Straw Boys Irish Poitin, and Spade&Bushel Irish Whiskey.
The Connacht Distillery has a tasting room and is open for guided tours. It is located 2 1⁄2 hours west of Dublin and offers daily tours through its Visitor’s Centre.