The Dingle Distillery, based in Co. Kerry, is set to launch its fifth batch single malt whiskey at the end of this month, including a collectable cask strength edition that is strictly limited to just 500 bottles.
Opened in 2012 by its founder, the late Oliver Hughes, Dingle Distillery was the first of the new generation of Irish whiskey distilleries. The distillery remains a family-owned enterprise, and every process, from grist to matured whiskey, takes place in Dingle.
Batch 5 will be the biggest release to date for Dingle Distillery, with a total of 36,500 bottles. Five hundred of these will be bottled at cask strength (59.3% abv) as a tribute to the 500 Founding Fathers (and Mothers) who backed the distillery at its foundation by each investing in a cask of the first spirit to come from Dingle’s stills.
As Batch 5 represents a considerable increase in volume, 9,000 bottles will be distributed to the United States, with the remaining 27,500 destined for Ireland, the rest of Europe, Asia and Australasia.
This is the second batch release from Master Distiller Graham Coull, who joined Dingle in October 2019. “The Madeira influence adds a great depth of flavour and a kind of backbone to this remarkable whiskey while not masking the subtle spice from the bourbon casks or sweet tone from the Pedro Ximenez ones,” stated Coull.
The Batch 5 Single Malt will retail at €70 in Ireland; with the Batch 5 Cask Strength retailing at €150 and available exclusively online from irishmalts.ie, rationed to one bottle per customer.