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A First for Irish Whiskey Writers’ Tears - Icewine Cask Finish
7, October, 2021 – Carlow, Ireland: Walsh Whiskey, producers of Writers’ Tears and The Irishman super-premium whiskeys, have unveiled a first for Irish whiskey with the creation of an Icewine finished whiskey. Writers’ Tears – Icewine Cask Finish has been produced in collaboration with Inniskillin Winery in Niagara, Ontario, Canada’s original estate winery and leading producer of icewine.
The limited-edition release is a unique triple-distilled vatting of Single Pot Still & Single Malt whiskeys, has been finished for an additional 12 months in icewine hogsheads, before being bottled at 46% ABV.
This 23rd expression from Walsh Whiskey founders, Bernard & Rosemary Walsh, is the latest innovation in their quest to produce the perfect taoscán [tay-scawn]/drop of whiskey. This time their journey took them to Canada’s prime wine region, when Bernard & Rosemary visited the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, in January 2020. There they worked with Inniskillin Winery and its then Head Winemaker, Bruce Nicholson (now retired), touring the vineyard and sampling fermenting wines before selecting 12 hogshead casks originally coopered by the Berthomieu Cooperage (estd. 1906) in France.
The dozen selected hogsheads were disgorged of Inniskillin Icewine in March 2020 and shipped to Ireland where they were filled with Writers’ Tears – Copper Pot (at high strength) in May that year. Checked at monthly intervals, the first Irish whiskey ever finished in icewine casks was bottled 12 months later, in May 2021, at 46% ABV.
Commenting on the first ever icewine cask finish of an Irish whiskey, Walsh Whiskey Managing Director, Bernard Walsh, said: “I first tasted icewine in 2011, so plans for this expression have been fermenting in my head for some time. With our core Writers’ Tears – Copper Pot expression we have a unique combination of predominantly spicy Single Pot Still married with Single Malt Irish whiskey. This core expression gets a whole new dynamic complimented beautifully by the intense natural sweetness imparted by Inniskillin’s show-stopping icewine.”
He added: “When taking us around the vineyard, Inniskillin’s then Head Winemaker Bruce Nicholson (now retired) explained how they only harvest well-matured, thick-skinned Vidal grapes when the weather presents a window of opportunity between -8 and -14 degrees Celsius. Bruce’s ideal ‘sweetspot’ being -10 to -11 degrees. Based on what we have produced, Inniskillin Icewine certainly contains that intense sweetness that can carry through in the wood to our whiskey.”
The whiskey’s nose delivers peach & apricot over a unique Pot Still spice. In the mouth it offers floral and nutty oak, with a fruity finish.
3,500 bottles of Writers’ Tears – Icewine Cask Finish are being released to Canada, the USA and Ireland, retailing for CAN$99.95/US$84.99/€70. The whiskey is in market in Canada and Ireland and will be on shelves in the USA in early November. In Ireland Writers’ Tears – Icewine Cask Finish is available exclusively from the Celtic Whiskey Shop in Dublin.
Nose – Peach & apricot over a unique Pot Still spice.
Taste – Floral blossom & nutty oak.
Finish – A fruit compote of mango & lychee.
A great week for all at Walsh Whiskey was topped off on Thursday night, with 8 awards coming back to Carlow from the Irish Whiskey Awards. The Irishman 17 Year Old - Best Single Malt Whiskey (16 years and older) The Irishman Single Malt Marsala - Best Single Malt Whiskey (11 years & under) Writers' Tears Icewine Cask Finish - Best Blended Whiskey Limited Release Gold medals for Writers' Tears Red Head, The Irishman Founder's Reserve Rum Finish, The Irishman 12 Year Old, The Irishman Peated Red Ale Finish and Writers' Tears Cask Strength 2021. Official Press Release from Celtic Whiskey Shop: Emerging and established Irish whiskey producers and patrons were honoured this evening at the 2021 Irish Whiskey Awards which took place at the Powerscourt Distillery in Co. Wicklow. The evening commenced with a tour of the distillery and a drinks reception hosted by the Powerscourt Distillery co-founders and team. Keynote speaker, Jack Teeling, Founder and Manager for Teeling Whiskey presented the awards, which are now in their eighth year and span over 12 categories. Judging of this year’s awards took place earlier this Summer where organisers, Celtic Whiskey, posted out several hundred, blind tasting packs to members of…
The global producer and distributor of alcoholic beverages, Amber Beverage Group (ABG), has announced that it has acquired the Irish Whiskey company, Walsh Whiskey, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition takes effect from 11 November 2021 with the existing management and staff remaining in place. Walsh Whiskey, founded in 1999 by husband-and-wife team, Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, has two critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning brands: The Irishman and Writers’ Tears. The brands are sold in over 50 countries. It is anticipated that, with ABG’s current reach into 185 countries, there will be further expansion of these super-premium brands which are leaders in the Irish whiskey renaissance. Both companies have strong marketing capabilities and the move combines complementary strengths namely - Walsh Whiskey’s expertise in crafting fine Irish whiskey, combined with strong distribution partners, and ABG’s marketing and distribution strength across the world. This is a strategically significant move for Amber Beverage Group as it continues its successful growth as a global spirits company. The acquisition is also the Group’s first entry into the fast-growing Irish whiskey sector – a category which has outstripped all other spirits categories for over a decade, enjoying buoyant sales growth of 140% (2010-2020). Walsh Whiskey has been…
First Writers’ Tears single pot still was matured in Bourbon, Pedro Ximenez Sherry and Florio Marsala CasksFirst release of 5,800 super-premium bottles destined for Ireland, UK, France, Germany & Holland 16, September, 2021 – Carlow, Ireland: Walsh Whiskey co-founder, Bernard Walsh today revealed the latest milestone in his quest to produce the perfect taoscán [tay-scawn]/drop of whiskey. The missing link in Walsh Whiskey’s rich portfolio of 21 distinct super-premium whiskeys has been a single pot still, but that is all set to change. Today Walsh revealed an important new core expression in the Writers’ Tears range in the form of Writers’ Tears – Single Pot Still. Originally matured in bourbon barrels, the triple-distilled, single pot still whiskey, was then further matured in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks from Spain and Florio Marsala Hogsheads from Sicily, before being cut at a juicy 46% ABV. The whiskey’s nose delivers candied sweetness and toffee apples, while the palate features notes of pot still spice and the velvet, dessert-like qualities of PX Sherry, finishing with a light chewiness. In October, some 5,800 bottles of Writers’ Tears – Single Pot Still will be made available to Ireland, the UK, France, Germany and Holland, retailing for €59.99/…