Ok, so I've finally arrived to Dingle! Dingle distillery was one of the first I came across when I started looking for information about irish distilleries. I had been to Dingle once previously but didn't know about the distillery back then - what a shame!
They opened in 2012, by a group of people who owned a craft brewery. The plan has always been quality over quantity, to continue small scale production of a really good whiskey, and the first drops of whiskey were ready in December 2015. Until the early 2000s there were only three distilleries in Ireland, and it was definitely about time for new independent distilleries to open, which is exactly what is happening now with new distilleries being planned, built, or opened all over Ireland. Dingle was, after West Cork, the second new distillery to open in Ireland in many years.
When I first read about their whiskey I found the description of it very appealing, but I wasn't sure what to expect from such a young whiskey. The very first whiskey from one single cask was released in December 2015, and the batch 1 single malt was released in 2016. I had the opportunity to taste it in a Cork pub in April 2017, and loved it from the very first drop. When I came to Dublin I looked for it everywhere to buy a bottle, but nobody had it for sale anymore. Later that year however, the brilliant L Mulligan whiskey had opened their web shop and I bought it from there.
It's a nice smooth whiskey - maybe a little bit too smooth for my taste - but with a gorgeous flavour profile, fruity but with a touch of dark chocolate and oak. It's matured in bourbon casks, and bottled at 46,5% ABV.
Lemon peel and orange, dark chocolate bar, light hint of cereals.
Dark chocolate, herbs, fresh citrus, light pepper. With a drop of water it gets a more oily feel, there's more chocolate and herbs, along with some pepper and oak. Very nice!
I tasted the cask strength version of this whiskey in Dublin in August, and it was absolutely beautiful. Extra everything, extra fabulous. I really like cask strength of any whiskey because the stronger alcohol content keeps the flavours in the whiskey and often gives it that nice oily texture that I love.
I really like the Dingle whiskey, it has a nice character and is impressive for being so young. It's a very interesting distillery too, I'm really looking forward to see what they will release in the future and how their whiskey will develop over time. As well as a second - very nice - single malt they have already released a single pot still whiskey - so they are heroes in my opinion!! I've been wondering why no distillery other than Midleton makes pot still whiskey for other than blends. It was definitely about time!!
Dingle distillery is located quite centrally in Dingle, they have a small visitor centre and offer a lovely distillery tour, definitely book yourself in for a tour if you're in the area! It ends with a tasting where you can taste the whiskey and also their gin or vodka (at least when we were there).
Read more about Dingle distillery and their whiskey here.