West Cork Stout Cask Irish whiskey is the newest release from the distillery, reaching the U.S. in partnership with importer M.S. Walker.
This new expression is a 75:25 blend of grain and malt Irish whiskey, made using Irish malted barley and wheat. Triple distilled, it aged in first fill bourbon casks for four years. The malt and grain components are then married together, and aged for an additional six months in casks that previously held Ireland’s Blacks of Kinsale Stout.
The resulting whiskey has aromas of chocolate, raisins and cracked nuts, the company reports, with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla.
Only 9,400 bottles of West Cork Stout Cask are available across the U.S. The suggested retail price is $31.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
This new release joins West Cork’s recently introduced limited release IPA Cask Finished, and a core line of whiskeys, including Bourbon Cask, Black Cask, 8-Year Single Malt Irish Whiskeys and variety of limited-release offerings.
West Cork Distillers was founded in 2003 by childhood friends John O’Connell, Denis McCarthy and Ger McCarthy.