Diageo’s Roe & Co Irish Whiskey have announced the launch of their latest whiskey, Roe & Co Coffee Stout Cask Finish. This new small batch whiskey hails from the Cask & Keg series, which sees collaboration between both Roe & Co. and Guinness’ Open Gate brewery, both located on James’ St. in Dublin.
Roe & Co Cask & Keg Stout Cask Finish whiskey celebrates malt cousins, whiskey and beer, being brought together for another taste exploration in Irish whiskey. According to Roe & Co., this whiskey sees the flavour profile impact on the whiskey’s signature blend by finishing it for an additional 11 months in casks that previously held Guinness Open Gate Brewery’s Coffee Stout.
“The result is a rare complex discovery for the senses – notes of creamy vanilla and cacao on the nose, full bodied with a touch of sweet molasses and subtle wood spice on the palate, finishing with a creamy mouth coating and subtle roasted malt taste, all pinned with underlying notes of coffee grounds from the stout and spiced orchard fruits from the core blend.”
Available in limited quantities, and for purchase in The Roe & Co Distillery, as well as via their online store. Bottled at 46% ABV, non-chill filtered and this expression is now available at the recommended retail price of €60, in Ireland.
Roe & Co Irish Whiskey recommends that the whiskey is best served neat or with ice, however the underlying coffee notes imparted by the stout offer an intriguing cocktail base for a twist on the traditional expresso martini.
Head Brewer of the Open Gate Brewery, Peter Simpson, commented: “We first experimented with Cask & Keg with our Antwerpen Stout and Citra IPA – both of which produced taste experiences unique to the partnership between the Roe & Co Distillery and the Open Gate Brewery at St. James’ Gate. Building on this success, now we’re taking experimentation one step further and looked to deepen the blend between whiskey and stout. Focusing only on stout, this year’s Cask & Keg release is the result of the 11-month finishing of Roe & Co’s blend 106 in barrels which previously matured coffee infused stout. The result is a coffee stout finish with undertones of cream soda, subtle soft wood spice and tropical fruit.”
Official Roe & Co. Tasting Notes:
Nose: Creamy vanilla, hints of chocolate coated honeycomb, sweet caramel, cacao, fruity confectionary candied ginger and tropical fruit background of distant dried mango and hessian sacks.
Taste/palate: Full bodied smooth slow drip coffee and sweet hard toffee/tablet and a very slight hint of molasses with some fruit there behind the freshly ground coffee/toffee notes – pineapple and pear, cream soda and subtle gentle herbal/soft wood spice – thyme, allspice, mace.
Finish: Creamy vanilla and hazelnut mouth coating with a gentle lingering of subtle roasted malt/coffee grounds acidity taste.