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Lively Whiskey From Glendalough, Ireland's First "Revival" Craft Distillery

St. Patrick's Day isn't until Sunday, but we're getting an early start on the Irish celebrations this Friday evening.

And we'll be drinking (and pouring) something a lot more exciting than green beer.

Join us after work on Friday from 5:30-7:30pm for a special spirits tasting featuring 3 beautiful, unique craft Irish whiskies (plus one exceptional gin) from Glendalough Distillery!

In the 18th & 19th centuries, there were over 200 licensed distilleries in Ireland (along with countless unlicensed ones), producing diverse styles of poitín, whiskey, gin, and even absinthe.

After that number dwindled away to almost nothing, five friends from Wicklow and Dublin decided it was time to revive the heritage of craft Irish whiskey and founded Glendalough Distillery.

Today, Glendalough counts itself among the purveyors of a whole new kind of Irish whiskey—light, lively, and pure. Here's what you'll have a chance to savor this Friday:

  • Glendalough Botanical Gin: To make this extraordinary gin, Glendalough's team forages wild plants in the mountains around the distillery. These wild botanicals are then painstakingly slow-distilled to tease out delicate flavors in very small batches of less than 250 liters. Some go in the pot, and some are hung in a basket to let vapors extract their essential oils. The cut-points are decided batch by batch, by smell and taste (never timed or automated) as if each batch is the first.

  • Glendalough Single Grain Double Barrel Whiskey: A new and unique style of light and floral whiskey distilled in a Coffey still. It spends three and a half years in American oak first-fill Bourbon barrels before being finished for six months in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. The Bourbon barrels impart deep, robust chocolate and caramel notes, while the Oloroso casks lighten the palate with fruitier notes and touches of nutty tones.

  • Glendalough 7 Year Old Single Malt (CRAFT PORTER CASK FINISH): Glendalough's first single malt, this excellent whiskey boasts a silky velvety smooth palate with the returning orange zest tones to the fore, with rich creme brulee and dark chocolate notes and just enough cinnamon and white pepper spice to keep it interesting, followed by the beautiful robust malt and oak influenced flavors, almost butterscotch, that mix wonderfully as the warmth expands through.

  • Glendalough 13 Year Old Single Malt (JAPANESE MINZANURA FINISH): A stylish whiskey with aromas of butterscotch, honeycomb, and lemon zest. On the palate, intense vanilla fudge with notes of lemon, peach, and dried apricot. This whiskey has a truly velvety mouth feel and an astonishing milk chocolate finish.

We hope to see you Friday!