Clonakilty Distillery founders, the Scully family, have farmed by this coastal land for eight successive generations. A commitment to both heritage and innovation has led us to revive ancient malting barley varieties. Privileged to be guardians of these scarce grains, they nurture them to create a range of whiskies that honours this unique inheritance. Their fields at the base of Galley Head Lighthouse are the perfect environment to nurture and grow the finest of crops. Centuries of sea mist, soft rain and ocean spray provide a complexity to the soil that permeates right through to each individual grain. Their Atlantic Ocean warehouse is ideal for maturing the finest of whiskies. Pure clean air, transported across thousands of miles of the Atlantic, provides a freshness unspoilt by human intervention. It is ever-changing – from wild Atlantic storms, to tranquil sea mist and soft rain. In this micro-climate, a whiskey will only rest for a short while before interacting with the wood and the angels to develop a unique and distinct maritime character.
The bouquet on this whiskey is intriguing, it is an orchestra of aromas. Wine notes mingling with toasted cereal hit first followed by barley, over-ripe red apples and dark cherries. As it develops the maritime influence is evident, mixing with warm ginger and damsons tones. The palate is juicy and also a tad demure. It is a silky whiskey with touches of spiced damsons, wild blackberries and cherry. As it grows, you get the warming spicy notes tickling the digestive biscuit flavours. A cute whiskey. The port finish is beautifully done, it allows the whiskey to be the star of the show.