Kirker Greer launches Irish whiskey for Paddy’s DayBy Alice Brooker
Drinks distributor Kirker Greer Spirits has released Shamrock whiskey, a blend of six liquids sourced from Irish distilleries.
Launched in time for St Patrick’s Day (17 March), Kirker Shamrock is made up of six whiskeys from four different distillers across the four provinces of Ireland.
These include: Great Northern Distillery from Leinster; West Cork Distillers from Munster; The Shed Distillery from Connacht; and an unnamed producer in Ulster.
Richard Ryan, Drinksology Kirker Greer co-founder and head of liquid development, commented: “Kirker Shamrock is about a feeling of place, of being Irish in the broadest sense, and from a personal standpoint, a celebration of a lifetime of working relationships within this wonderful whiskey industry.”
Single grain, single malt and single pot still whiskey are used in the blend, and have all been matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon and oloroso Sherry casks. Ryan crafted the whiskey, which is made up of a ratio of 60% grain to 40% malt/pot still whiskey.
He added: “I am very passionate about whiskey and spent over a year travelling across the island of Ireland, visiting distilleries and building relationships in each province.
“On these visits, I have had the privilege of tasting many of the country’s finest offerings with a view to curating complementary and consistent liquids that when blended are respectful of the individual producer’s passion for quality.
“Our vision is to celebrate the full island and for Kirker Shamrock to in some way represent the wider story of Irish whiskey itself.”
Kirker Shamrock (43% ABV) will be available in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Poland.
The company’s brands include American whiskey Bowsaw, Ginato Gin, Jawbox Gin and Ukiyo Vodka.