Blacks in Knocknabohilly, Kinsale, is a company full of firsts – back in 2018, they released Ireland’s first spiced rum, made from start to finish in Ireland. Blacks is also Ireland’s first co-located brewery and distillery.

The latest first from Blacks is an 18 year-old single malt whiskey, finished in the same rum casks used to make the spiced rum.

In 2018, husband and wife duo of Sam and Maudeline Black launched Ireland’s first-ever spiced rum, Blacks Spiced Rum, made entirely from start to finish in Ireland. Continuing to expand their offering Blacks Golden Rum hit the shelves and in 2020 took home a gold award at the World Rum Awards.

Securing a limited amount of aged single malt that would complement the characteristics of their rum casks, Blacks began the process of maturing a single malt whiskey with a unique twist. After continuous sampling and hours of profiling, the whiskey was bottled in April 2021.

The result is a world’s first for Irish whiskey – an Irish rum cask finish. There are only 563 bottles of this limited edition 18 year-old single malt, each individually numbered.

For many whiskey collectors their collection remains unopened for many years, and so with every purchase Blacks are providing fanatics with a 20ml spirit sample so that they can also sip and enjoy this new Irish spirit.

Founder Sam Black commented: “The idea stemmed from our desire to push the boundaries for Irish spirits and continue to bring about new and innovative releases. We are very familiar with this rum cask style here at Blacks, but it is something completely new to even the most renowned whiskey connoisseurs.”

Presented in a bespoke treasure chest style box, this cask strength release comes in at 56% ABV and retails at €500 per bottle exclusively online at

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