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

Nose

Light mint, tropical fruit, citrus, light pepper, honey, oak and spice.

Palate

Quite watery although the nose gave a feel of oiliness. Peppery entrance. Sweet, lots of honey. Burnt sugar, cereals, a certain fruitiness with oak. Long peppery and very sweet finish.

Nice but simple whiskey, something I'll happily sip while hanging out with friends.