Walsh Whiskey creates ‘first’ organic single pot still Irish whiskey

24th January, 2018 by Owen Bellwood

Walsh Whiskey has distilled what is thought to be the world’s first organic single pot still Irish whiskey, set to be released under its Writers’ Tears brand.

Bernard Walsh, founder & managing director of Walsh Whiskey Distillery, and his team used organic barley in the distillation

Distilled at the Walsh Whiskey Distillery in Royal Oak, Ireland, the whiskey has received certification from The Organic Trust, the accredited body for upholding the integrity of Irish organic food.

Walsh Whiskey Distillery founder and managing director, Bernard Walsh, said: “We aim to be leaders in the development of, and innovation within, the Irish whiskey category – and this is one expression of that goal.

“Single pot still is a truly distinctive style of whiskey that is unique and true to Ireland. Similarly, Writers’ Tears is a unique and distinctive whiskey brand that resonates strongly with world-class, Irish creativity. This first ever organic single pot still Irish whiskey will combine the magic of both these propositions.”

Walsh Whiskey Distillery commenced the distillation process in the first week of January, using a mash blend of malted and un-malted barley.

In the process, the new make spirit was triple distilled in the distillery’s three copper pot stills. It will now be left to mature in first-fill bourbon barrels and virgin oak barrels for at least five years.

This first batch of organic single pot still Irish whiskey is expected to produce around 30,000 bottles.

The taste and nose of the new make organic pot still spirit has been described as having “a deep and quite complex bouquet and range of tastes”.

Walsh Whiskey Distillery’s distillery manager, Lisa Ryan, said: “We are excited for the long term potential of organic whiskey based on the full flavour profiles it produces and the emerging consumer interest in and demand for sustainability in food and drink production.”

Last year, The Walsh Whiskey Distillery appointed a former Diageo executive to the role of commercial director.

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