Kinahan’s uses hybrid casks to age whiskeyBy Nicola Carruthers
Historical brand Kinahan’s has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first Irish whiskey range made using hybrid casks.
The new series is made from casks individually built from a mix of five different types of wood. The hybrid casks include Portuguese oak, French oak, American oak, Hungarian oak and chestnut.
Kinahan’s, which was relaunched in 2014, said it has returned to its “pioneering roots” with this new release.
The first whiskey in the range, called The Kasc Project, comprises of a blend of malt and grain whiskeys. The 43% ABV expression is bottled without chill filtration and without artificial colouring.
Zak Oganian, managing director of Kinahan’s, said: “This is an escape into the new ways of whiskey making. If you are a traditional whiskey drinker, this is not the whiskey for you. This is a daring and unconventional whiskey – it’s a riot of wood.”
On the nose, the whiskey has notes of red plum, pear, red apple, tropical fruits and Mediterranean caramel spice.
The palate has “vanilla charred oaky notes of ripe mango with caramelised tropical fruits and chocolate caramel, lingering sun-dried raisin and fig” while the finish has hints of nutmeg, orange, clove, honeycomb and pineapple.
The Kasc Project is distributed in the UK by SEA Spirits and is available to buy from Master of Malt and The Good Spirits Co for £34.95 (US$45.25) per 700ml.