On Thursday evening we had the pleasure of welcoming Dublin Liberties Distillery to The Shelbourne. Their global whiskey ambassador Geoff Spieran gave an in depth insight into World of the Liberties. From the magic and mayhem of the Liberties which have inspired them…to their world class finishing techniques.
Geoff treated us to five different whiskeys from the Dublin Liberties Distillery. I have selected my favourite from each price range.
The Dubliner Irish Whiskey Beer Cask Series: Irish Coffee Stout Edition
The first whiskey on my list of favourites was The Dubliner Irish Whiskey Beer Cask Series, Irish Coffee Stout Edition. This new addition to the Dublin Liberties family is a collaboration with the independent craft brewer Rascals. This whiskey may only be 3 years old but it does not lack depth. This whiskey has gorgeous warm notes from the bourbon casks and a subtle sweetness. It develops into a soft spice on the end with a long finish. The oils, from the coffee stout barrel, give it a smooth mouth feel. I found this reminiscent of a single pot still. Although this is one of the youngest whiskeys of the Dublin Liberties’ portfolio, it ended up being one of my favourites.
The Dubliner Irish Whiskey Beer Cask Series is priced at €36 RRP for a 700ml bottle. ABV: 40%
The next whiskey on my list is Copper Ally, a 10 year old Single Malt. This whiskey has been matured in ex-bourbon oak barrels and finished off in 30 year old Oloroso sherry casks, of which there was only 31, for 6 months. I have found that the description of “Christmas Cake” has become a go-to phrase for whiskeys with a sherry cask finish. However, Copper Ally marries this flavour profile beautifully with a sharp peppery spice on the end.
Copper Ally is priced at €60 RRP for a 700ml bottle. ABV: 46%
The final whiskey on my list of Dublin Liberties recommendations is the stunning Keepers Coin. This 16 year old Single Malt is matured in ex-Bourbon barrels before being finished in Pedro-Ximenez Sherry casks. On the nose, there are inviting aromas of fudge, caramel and stone fruits. On the palette, it is beautifully sweet with strong oak influences. The magic of Keepers Coin is the lack of the burn on the throat. The finish, however, is a deep warmth in the chest. This may be one for a special occasion, but it is truly worth it.
Keepers Coin is priced at €320 RRP for a 700ml bottle. ABV: 46%
The Dublin Liberties Distillery portfolio is ever increasing but there has been no sacrificing quality over quantity. They have shown the Irish Market that finishing whiskeys is an art form. They are currently in the process of distilling their own whiskey with master distiller Darryl McNally. With a world class team, a brand new distillery and visitor centre, and years of experience Dublin Liberties Whiskey is one to watch.
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