Copeland Distillery Announce Two New Rum Finished Whiskeys

The Copeland Distillery has announced the addition of two new whiskeys to its portfolio, under the Merchants’ Quay brand.

Following on from the first blended Merchants’ Quay release in 2021, these two new whiskeys follow the same family DNA of a combination of grain and double as well as triple distilled malt whiskeys.

The “Cask Strength Crusade” will be delighted to learn that the Merchants’ Quay Bordeaux Rum Cask Blended Irish Whiskey is available at two strengths, both at a healthy 46% as well as the cask strength 57.8% ABV.

The whiskeys are matured in four different casks before being vatted and finished for a minimum of nine months in a ex-Bordeaux Grand Crú red wine cask that previously help Copeland’s signature Smuggler’s Rum.

According to the distillery, the 46% edition boasts hints of “enjoyably sweet, yet light notes of rum and raisin ice cream, with undertones of dates and other dried fruits”. While the cask strength edition delivers “more subtle aromas of toffee, nutmeg and a biscuity grain undertone. Complemented by black pepper spice on the palate”.

Founder of Copeland Distillery, Gareth Irvine, said, “We are really excited to bring our Merchants’ Quay ex Bordeaux Rum Cask to market. We have ambitious plans for our whiskey range and since launching Merchants’ Quay, we have been working towards our goal of building credibility and establishing pedigree in the whiskey market.

“The Irish whiskey category has seen a huge influx of new distilleries and brands in the past decade. This new product release is another step towards positioning ourselves firmly in whiskey, and also a taste of what is to come ahead of the release of our single malt and potstill whiskeys, which are currently being distilled and aged at our Distillery and expected late 2023.”

Each of the new Merchants’ Quay ex Bordeaux Rum Cask blended whiskeys are available to the trade in Northern Ireland through Drinks Inc, and through Classic Drinks in Ireland. The 46% ABV whiskey is priced at £40.00 (RRP) for 700ml whilst the cask strength 57.8% ABV spirit is priced at £60.00 (RRP) for 700ml.

No price has been made available for Ireland or the EU at time of press release.

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