posted on May 14th, 2024

Shortcross Launches a Pair of Truly Unique Irish Whiskeys

The distillers of Shortcross Irish Whiskey and Gin have revealed the latest expressions of Shortcross Irish Whiskey. These new Irish Whiskey’s were distilled, matured and bottled at Rademon Estate Distillery, which was founded by husband and wife team David and Fiona Boyd-Armstrong, and was the first new distillery in Northern Ireland in over 100 years to release their own whiskey.

The first new expression is the Shortcross 7-year-old Cognac and range Liqueur Cask Single Malt Irish Whiskey. A whiskey whose journey began in early 2016 when the distillery secured its first batch of peated malted barley. This malted barley was then mashed, brewed and double-distilled on the distilleries copper pot stills.

Shortcross Distillery’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

Rademon are the first distillery in Northern Ireland to produce plated Irish whiskey in over two generations, Director of Distilling and Blending David Boyd-Armstrong describes the journey to get to that point as quite an adventure.

David said: “When we first approached our malt suppliers with a request for peated malt they each in turn told us that we were crazy, that’s not what you want to be doing, and that no one wants peated or smoky Irish whiskey. Of course, the irony now is that peated or smoky Irish whiskey is one of the hottest areas of the category.”

Distilling the peated malted barley was one thing, but then David wanted to use a cask no one had used before in the Irish Whiskey industry. “Speaking to several of the cooperages that we use we told them that we were seeking a cask type that would be distinctive and unique, and while they suggested several different types, I noticed something that they hadn’t suggested which was an ex-Cognac and Orange Liqueur Cask. Instinctively, I knew this could work really well and, in my mind, I had this concept of a smoky chocolate orange style whiskey,” added David.

As an industry and category first, this truly unique expression is described as: ‘On the nose there are notes of orange blossom, fresh mint and tropical fruits while walking through a summer garden. The palate leads with orange notes, as the malt makes an appearance. Milk chocolate combines with orange and mint, as the smoke shines. Sweet smoke and chocolate orange combine, giving a long, rich and oily finish with hints of leather coming through.’

Shortcross Distillery’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

Limited to less than 1,000 bottles annually this expression is bottled at 70cl/46%abv. RRP £65.00GBP/€75.00.

Launching alongside the above whiskey is a second new expression. The second new Shortcross 5-year-old Distiller’s Duo Irish Whiskey, blends Shortcross Single Malt and Shortcross Single Pot Still Irish whiskey’s together to create a blend that showcases the distillery’s character. The new whiskey has been aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and virgin American Oak (Quercus Alba) casks.

David Boyd-Armstrong, Director of Distilling and Blending describes the journey to create this expression: “Crafting the Distiller’s Duo has been a real testament to the quality of the Irish Whiskey we produce here at Rademon Esatate Distillery. We always look to see how we can take our Irish Whiskey and create something truly unique, and by combining our Single Malt and Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey together we are able to amplify the flavours and aromas of the malt and combine them with the spice and lush mouthfeel of the pot still to create a whiskey that we believe showcases our distillery’s character in the finest way possible. Uniquely, this is also the first time that this blend has been created where both whiskey’s have been distilled and matured at the same distillery.”

The Shortcross 5-year-old Distiller’s Duo Irish Whiskey tasting notes are described as: ‘A rich and fruit nose that is reminiscent of caramelised toffee apples, the palate leads with milk chocolate and sweet cereal notes from the malt. Over time these open up to reveal fresh hints of green apple and cola cubes, with a decadent and mouth-coating finish with chewy pot still spices and lingering note of red fruits, linseed and tobacco leaf.

Shortcross Distillery’s brand new Distiller’s Duo Irish Whiskey.

This is a core expression and bottled at 70cl/46%abv. RRP £55.00GBP/€55.00.

“Our Irish whiskey journey is one that is truly obsessive in the creation of flavour,” said David. “We obsess to create those yet to be found and to recreate those flavours lost in time. With the launch of this new expression of Shortcross Irish Whiskey we believe we are showcasing this obsession and the quality of our whiskeys.”

Managing Director, Fiona Boyd-Armstrong, added: “These new Shortcross Irish Whiskeys are the first of a new range of releases and they are already on route to our key export markets for launch in Spring 2024 and are available now across the island of Ireland.”

Shortcross Distillery’s Distiller’s Duo Irish Whiskey.

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