WhistlePig Whiskey has by no means been shy about crossing borders. Because its inception in 2007, the Shoreham, Vermont-based mostly producer has blended and concluded a selection of American and Canadian whiskies in barrels from across the world: Spain, Portugal, France, Japan, Jamaica, and more. Now, the distillery is crossing the Atlantic yet again, this time not just for its individual production, but to welcome Limavady Irish whiskey into the fold.
Revived by Darryl McNally, a longtime master distiller and descendent of the brand’s primary 18th-century proprietors, Limavady is centered on Irish single malt whiskey with the target of turning into a leader in solitary barrels. It is found an great lover in WhistlePig, as the rye brand’s one-cask knowledge is substantial and a core element of its identity. The late master distiller Dave Pickerell set up WhistlePig’s cask program when he devised releases like Old World, a 12-calendar year-old blend of ryes concluded in port pipes, French oak sauternes barrels, and madeira casks.
In the yrs because Pickerell’s untimely passing, WhistlePig has continued the cask ending program—currently overseen by guide distiller Emily Harrison and aptly named whiskey blender Meghan Ireland—experimenting with no matter what they can get their fingers on, from white burgundy to a host of rums to non-oak woods like amburana and Brazilian teak. A lot of of these cask finishes are presented to shops and restaurants as personal picks, but the taste final results of every single are recorded and held in mind for foreseeable future WhistlePig releases. Glance to the yearly Boss Hog limited edition for proof of some of the most effective, progressive finishes.
With Limavady joining the portfolio, WhistlePig has the chance to utilize its knowledge to a new design of whiskey—Irish solitary malt—while swapping insights with an founded learn distiller. McNally—who was born in a bar, certainly the best origin tale for a distiller, ever—has labored in the Irish whiskey business for decades, most not too long ago serving as grasp distiller for the Dublin Liberties Distillery. At the helm of Limavady, he designs to resource single malt Irish whiskey to establish out the first releases, with the probable of opening a distillery down the street.
Becoming a member of with WhistlePig not only lets Limavady to master from the American producer, it permits the new brand to effortlessly enter the U.S. marketplace by proven distribution channels. Furthermore, luxury huge Moët Hennessy owns a minority share in WhistlePig—another boon for an up-and-coming whiskey.
Limavady will launch its very first expression, a solitary barrel solitary malt priced at $50 in August. The brand is retaining mum on what else may possibly be coming, though WhistlePig CEO Jeff Kozack confirms cask finishing will be a part of the mix. Could there be a rye-concluded Limavady, or an Irish whiskey-concluded WhistlePig? “It would be just about also effortless and anticipated,” Kozack suggests.
He did supply a tantalizing hint: “Can WhistlePig use Irish barley on their farm in Vermont, or acquire their very own solitary malted rye? Let us absolutely hope so.”