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.
Very fragrant on the bouquet with a heavy note of honey and toffee with a slight kick of coffee. Vanilla, spice and even some freshly cut grass is also evident. The palate is light but still has a slight creamy feel. Sweetness in abundance as you’d expect from the grain. Honey note continues through from the bouquet. Slightly tannic with a cinnamon spice. Medium to long finish with a wee peppery prickle. The faintest pineapple note right at the very end with a lovely pear drop note dancing on the lingering finish.