Natterjack Irish Whiskey makers to build distilleryBy Melita Kiely
Waterford-based Gortinore Distillers has revealed plans to build a distillery and visitor centre in the Irish city, ahead of the launch of its inaugural whiskey next week – Natterjack.
Natterjack Irish Whiskey has been triple-distilled and first matured in ex-Bourbon barrels before finishing in virgin American oak barrels. The whiskey is said to have notes of vanilla, apple and cinnamon on the nose, orange, spice, cedar and tobacco on the palate, with a “clean, fresh finish”.
The whiskey has secured distribution in the Republic of Ireland, the US, China, the UK and other European markets.
Bottled at 40% abv, Natterjack Irish Whiskey will be available in the on- and off-trade at an RRP of €48 (US$54) per 700ml.
Co-founded by Aidan Mehigan, along with two friends and his father, Gortinore Distillers has acquired The Old Mill, Kilmacthomas, in Waterford, which the group intends to renovate into a distillery and visitor centre.
The distillery building, once home to Flahavan’s Irish porridge oats, will house three copper pot stills and warehouse space to store whiskey casks. It is expected the site will employ up to 15 people once operational.
Mehigan said: “Natterjack is an elegant answer for the next generation of whiskey drinkers.
“We’ve set out to marry the knowledge from both sides of the Atlantic, to create a unique fusion of Irish and American whiskey traditions, and bottle it.
“We’re a whiskey company doing things differently, going against the industry trends and creating the best whiskey that we possibly can.
“We’ve explored new flavour profiles, taken the traditional methods of triple distillation, ageing and second-used casks and amplified those with some of the methods used in Bourbon. Our virgin American oak barrels are just that – virgin, brand new and unadulterated with any other flavour.”