West Cork Distillers has launched an Irish whiskey developed in conjunction with The Pogues.
A collaboration between two of the world’s most renowned distillers, Barry Walsh and Frank McHardy, the whiskey is a blend of grain and 50% single malt Irish whiskey making it Ireland’s highest malt-containing blended Irish whiskey.
“We wanted to create an Irish whiskey with global appeal, which isn’t without its challenges,” says John O’Connell, co-founder of West Cork Distillers.
“The Pogues offer a perfect partnership as they share many of the same values as our company such as an independent spirit, a slightly unorthodox approach and a commitment to quality, as well as success on the international stage.”
Commenting on the partnership, The Pogues said: “It’s been brilliant working with such experts to come up with a whiskey that we all think speaks of us and that we all like the taste of.
“It’s mind-blowing to think that we will have our band represented through such a great Irish whiskey and we hope it stands the test of time.”
The whiskey has an aroma of malt, cracked nuts, almond and a slight sweetness and its smooth intensity delivers a palate that is malty and floral with a mild chocolate taste and lingering citrus.