Grace O’Malley Whiskey has unveiled its latest, limited release whiskey, the super-premium Grace O’Malley 18 Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Cognac Cask.

Aged for at least 18 years in Bourbon barrels, this whiskey is limited to just 211 bottles. Refined for six months in wet Cognac Casks which previously held Cognac for over three decades.  The additional maturation time in these rare casks imparts rich flavours of dried fruits, cinnamon and almond.

Grace O’Malley 18-Year-Old Single Malt Cognac Cask is the inaugural release from Grace O’Malley Spirits’ hold of very special, aged Irish whiskeys. The company is planning exclusive and very limited releases of further expressions and interesting finishes aimed at premium whiskey connoisseurs and collectors.

Responsible for the decisions at every step in the ageing and finishing of all Grace O’Malley Whiskeys is spirits expert, Master Blender, Paul Caris, based in Bordeaux, who calls the exact moment each whiskey has reached maturation.

Aged Cognac casks have been sourced and hand selected by Caris using his expertise, local knowledge and connections. Speaking about the finishing of this whiskey, Caris said: “I have selected casks from a small village in the Cognac region and it was only the very old Cognac casks that we have chosen. They have been used for more than 30 years to age Cognac. These casks bring the complexity, lingering finish and age character that we are looking for to this very special 18 Year-Old single malt.”

This rare cask finish imparts maltiness, with layers of dried yellow fruit and Cognac Rancio on the nose with aromas developing to banana flambé and pear. A rich and smooth mouthfeel with touches of sweet oak, the palate reveals cinnamon, dried almond and custard on the back palate. The finish is sweet and powerful, revealing a lingering Cognac.

With only 211 bottles available, each is signed and individually numbered, presented in a hand tied, embossed leather label and wooden presentation case. Grace O’Malley 18 Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Cognac Cask retails at €530 RRP. To place an order, contact the Grace O’Malley team directly on captains@graceomalleywhiskey.com.

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