Walsh Whiskey Distillery has revealed its 2017 vintage of The Irishman Cask Strength at TFWA in Cannes where the company’s new Commercial Director, John Kelly, is representing Walsh Whiskey for the first time with Global Sales Manager, Shane Fitzharris. The release is highly limited with just 3,510 bottles available in select global markets and travel retail.
Launching The Irishman Cask Strength 2017 vintage, John Kelly said: “We have chosen to release one of our expressions at TFWA for the first time ever. This is because Travel Retail is now one of our priority markets as Walsh Whiskey Distillery gears up for 2019 and beyond when we will have greater supplies of our Whiskeys, The Irishman and Writers’ Tears, than ever before. 2018 will see us stepping up our TR activity and extending our TR footprint internationally, so TFWA and a super premium Whiskey release such as The Irishman Cask Strength 2017 vintage are perfectly timed for us to start getting that message across personally to the TR sector.”
This is a rare cask strength release (54% ABV), with only 3,510 bottles, each of which is uniquely numbered and signed by Walsh Whiskey founder Bernard Walsh. The Irishman Cask Strength 2017 is a vatting of Single Pot Still & Single Malt, matured in first-fill bourbon casks. Nonchill-filtered, it was bottled in August 2017 and is housed in a stunning wood cask.
Describing this year’s cask strength release of The Irishman, Walsh Whiskey Distillery’s, Senior Global Sales Manager, Shane Fitzharris said: “This rare cask strength expression is matured and aged in oak bourbon casks, specially selected to showcase the pinnacle of Irish Whiskey.”
“This rare and exclusive release introduces complex notes of woody spices combining with summer fruits. Subtle hints of toasted almonds and Bourbon oak are followed by elegant tones of dried fruit and raisins delivering an intense finish bursting with depth and flavor. I hope the lucky few who acquire this release enjoy every moment.”
According to Walsh Whiskey founder Bernard Walsh: “Our family is dedicated to continuing to play a central role in the revival of Irish Whiskey as one of the world’s most appreciated spirits. We are doing this through the recreation of some old recipes from the 19th century, Ireland’s golden era of Whiskey distilling, and also through the introduction of innovative new expressions for new palettes in a new era.”
“We are passionate about both innovation and attention to detail. The detail in our choice of location for our distillery in an area blessed by the ingredients and climate to make world-class, premium Whiskey. The detail in the creation of a distillery for the distiller, visitor and Whiskey-drinker alike – where manual operations reign supreme over machine so that innovative small batches can be crafted to perfection. We believe that our passion, innovation, and attention-to-detail make a real difference to the enjoyment of people who choose our Whiskeys and so they drive our family’s dream to create a legacy of Whiskey excellence.”
The Irishman Cask Strength 2017 is available in select global markets and travel retail. The RRP is to be set at around $150.