As many of the Potstilled readers may know, Killowen Distillery is not only the smallest distillery in Ireland but also one of the most avidly followed distilleries. Their innovative small batch releases have been a craze for collectors and imbibers alike. With their innovative flavour profiles and craft production techniques, it is impossible for Killowen not to capture the imagination.
Dropping this Thursday, April 29th, Killowen’s Signature “Rum and Raisin” 5 year old single malt, will be hitting the market.
Released at 55% ABV this whiskey is vatting of single malts from different finishing casks: Killowen Dark Rum & P.X. sherry casks.
According to Brendan Carty, the Founder, “The Killowen Dark Rum casks offer notes of rich molasses and tropical fruits where-as the rich PX serry casks provide abundant raisin and dried fruits amidst the backdrop of the famous apples and pears often found in the sourced distillate.”
The playful name is a nod to the flavour profile contributed by each cask choice and the beginning of a signature release that will be replicated in varying forms.
This is another proudly sourced whiskey release from Killowen, having selected a handful of casks from a distillery in the neighboring County of Louth which, as per Killowen’s styel, is clearly mentioned on the bottle. Killowen have now launched themselves into the single malt scene after extensively exploring blending and finishing in their previous Bonded Experimental Series.
The vatting of these casks will be carried out in batches, normally 200 litre and 120 litre, allowing for slightly more bottles per batch than previous releases. When we were considering this new release, we allowed for a lower price point, however quality was, as always, paramount.
The Rum & Raisin is presented in a new bottle type, and with a new labeling design: cork and tamper proof seal. This means that the wax seal will be kept for future releases outside of this particular signature style.
The Signature Rum & Raisin is the beginning of an evolving family of releases that will continue from sourced liquids into Killowen’s own distillate.
This bottle are 500ml and will be made available through Irishmalts, Celtic Whiskey Shop, and off licences in NI supplied by Anzac Wholesale, at an RRP of €59.95/£54.95.
Brendan’s own description of this product was candid and true to Killowen form ” This stuff is fecking great for a 5-year-old, we spent ages nurturing it after handpicking the malt batches. Absolutely delighted with how it turned out. Drinks like it’s twice the age. “