Clonakilty Distillery has launched a new single malt whiskey, the latest addition to their award-winning range of spirits.

The Galley Head expression represents a departure for the distillery as the brand sought to create a high-quality whiskey that was accessible in terms of price, but still retained a high quality and finish.

Matured and finished at the company’s warehouse, Galley Head Single Malt represents a marriage of a re-shaved, re-toasted wine cask and Bordeaux red wine casks.

The production and launch is also in anticipation of a return to strong whiskey sales on the international market. A recent report published by the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) revealed that 96% of Irish whiskey sales have in the past been to markets outside of Ireland, and, pre-pandemic, exports were worth an estimated €890m across both the Republic and Northern Ireland.

The IWA report also stated 2020 sales for whiskey still exceeded expectations, but suffered a decline largely due to a collapse in global travel retail.

The Galley Head expression will be available to buy from off-licences and Supervalu and Centra stores across Ireland, as well as the Celtic Whiskey Shop, priced at RRP €39.50. At 40% ABV, the 700ml can also be purchased online at www.clonakiltydistillery.ie.

Paul Corbett, Head Distiller at Clonakilty Distillery, said: “We decided on single malt to produce a full flavoured, barley forward whiskey. We finished this single malt in two cask types, a re-shaved, re-toasted wine cask and a freshly disgorged Bordeaux red wine casks.”

“The rejuvenated wood imparts a caramel sweetness and complex spice to the whiskey while the fresh wine casks add a fruitiness that complements the cereal character of the malt,” he added.

The whiskey derives its inspiration from the Galley Head Lighthouse, which stands over the barley fields at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, just outside Clonakilty town.

The lighthouse is situated across the bay and can be seen from the warehouse where Galley Head whiskey is matured, finished, and bottled.

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