Walsh Whiskey has released the second in a series of collaborative experiments with Dick Mack’s Pub & Brewhouse in Dingle in Co. Kerry.
Writers’ Tears – Seaweed IPA Cask Finish is a creation that brings together an old Irish whiskey recipe of single pot still and single malt whiskeys, finished in a unique cask infused with the flavour of an 8% IPA beer laced with seaweed harvested from the Atlantic Ocean.
Commenting on the new collaboration with Dick Mack’s, Walsh Whiskey Founder Bernard Walsh said: “This time around we wanted to capture the unique flavours and influence of the harvested kelp seaweed, lashings of which were used in the creation of Dick Mac’s Seaweed IPA. Writers’ Tears is known for pushing the boundaries of creativity, and how better to showcase that than with the first seaweed finish that Irish Whiskey has ever seen.”
He added: “Dick Mack’s are known for their bold and innovative approaches to beer brewing and championing of Irish whiskey, as well as their legendary hospitality, so we knew this collaboration was a perfect match.”
Finn MacDonnell, proprietor and great grandson of Dick Mack, said: “We were delighted with the response to our first collaboration with Walsh Whiskey and jumped at the chance to work on another really unique expression together. Our Seaweed IPA brings the influence of the wild Atlantic Ocean to life and has created something special with Writers’ Tears, which we are proud to have been a part of.”
Bernard Walsh started the collaboration in 2018, when Finn mentioned Dick Mack’s newest creation – a Seaweed IPA. A barrel used in the creation of several batches of Dick Mack’s Tóg Bog É Seaweed IPA was sent to Walsh Whiskey in Co. Carlow.
On Saint Valentine’s Day 2019 the barrel was filled with Writers’ Tears – Copper Pot, and laid down for 14 months to finish. It was bottled naturally, non-chill filtered, at high strength.
The single cask (numbered ‘Batch 56’) has yielded 306, individually numbered, bottles of cask strength (56.3%) whiskey. The RRP is €82/ US$89/ £72, however many bottles have already been snapped up by members of The Irish Whiskey Society and frontline workers of the Dublin Fire Brigade Whiskey Club. This unique expression is already a collector’s item.