The Tyrconnell recently debuted its oldest and most unique cask-finished expression to date, The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey.
The Tyrconnell distilling team began experimenting with different finishing techniques after discovering how amenable the light, soft and fruity whiskey was to a cask finish.
In 2007, they released the first trio of cask-finished expressions: The Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish, The Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Port Cask Finish and The Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish, all permanent expressions in the brand’s portfolio as well as The Tyrconnell Original which is aged in ex-bourbon casks only.
“We are thrilled to release The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish, as the elegant expression demonstrates our commitment to innovation and quality,” said John Cashman, Global Irish Whiskey Ambassador for the Kilbeggan Distilling Company. “Building on the success of our award-winning 2017 and 2018 Tyrconnell limited releases, we continued to experiment with different aging techniques and we’re intrigued by these distinctively seasoned Spanish casks. The result is a completely unique – and delicious – Irish whiskey unlike any other.”
The only Irish whiskey of its kind currently on the market, the new expression was aged for 16 years in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels, before additional maturation in wine casks from the Andalucia region of Southern Spain, which were initially seasoned with Oloroso sherry before a second seasoning with Moscatel wine.
The resulting whiskey has a distinctive sweetness and roundness – notes of honeysuckle, champagne and jasmine, with a nutty and caramelized taste that precedes a warm and dry finish with hints of grapefruit.
Produced in traditional pot stills, The Tyrconnell is one of the few Irish whiskeys that utilizes double distillation. This creates a whiskey that carries a delicate flavor atop a creamier, more viscous presence.
Currently available in 6 countries, the new release will be available in select US markets in June with a suggested retail price of $100.00 (750ml). Only a limited quantity of the expression has been produced due to its age and unique finish.