Whiskey of the week

WOTW – Glendalough 7-year-old single malt

Glendalough distillery in Wicklow was set up in 2011, and at the beginning they only made poitín – gin and whiskey came later. They have a very interesting line of poitínsand botanical gins. This is a small distillery, they only use one still that they use for all distillations.

The distillery plans to produce single malts and single grain whiskeys – no blends. I just read that they have made a pot still whiskey that is currently maturing. That’s good news of course. If you’ve read my previous posts you know that I’m a lover of pot still whiskey!

Their first releases are made from sourced whiskey while waiting for their own whiskey to be mature, and they finish the whiskey in their own barrels. There is this 7-year-old single malt, a 13-year-old single malt a 13-year-old single malt finished in Japanese oak barrels, and the double barrel finished single grain. A newer addition is a triple cask matured single grain, finished in Madeira casks. It seems like all these come from Cooley stock, and as with all new distilleries, I’m really looking forward to the first release of their own produce!

I bought this whiskey in August 2017, during a trip to Ireland, and it sure is a very nice and tasty dram if you like lots of flavour and sweet stuff. It’s matured in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 46%.

Glendalough 7-year-old single malt


Something oily, light mint, citrus, light pepper, honey, oak. A feel of new paint or wallpaper glue. With a few drops of water: more citrus and oak.


Peppery entrance. Very sweet, lots of honey. Burnt sugar, cereals, something fruity with oak. Long peppery and very sweet finish.

I was surprised that this whiskey has so much flavour, especially being so young, and I’d definitely recommend it. Now I’m also curious to taste the 13-year-old!

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