WHISKEY BONDERS AND, FROM 2024, DISTILLERS OF LAKEVIEW ESTATE WHISKEY

WHISKEY BONDERS

OUR LIBERATOR
RANGE OF SOURCED WHISKEYS

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Before the days of big brands, merchants and publicans would reuse their emptied wine, port and sherry casks by refilling them with spirit from their local distillery. They found that this 'finish' created wonderful new flavours and each establishment had its' own variation - a 'house Whiskey'. This was called Whiskey Bonding and we're at the forefront of the movement to reclaim this traditional business.

Alongside the Lakeview Estate Range we have a collection of mature sourced Whiskeys finished on the Estate in our Liberator Irish Whiskey Series.

We source young spirit from some of Ireland's finest distilleries to add to our growing library of distillates, from which we craft distinctive new expressions to the flavour profiles we want. We finish, blend and bottle them here in the House of Contentment, our Bonded Storehouse.

We chose to start with Port finished Whiskeys to celebrate our family's smuggling past. It helped that my wife has family in the north of Portugal, surrounded by the Port wine families, and we were able to source directly some really fresh Tawny Port casks. From emptying and checking in Portugal to shipping and refilling in Ireland took less than 3 weeks (casks from a wholesaler could be 9 months empty). Tawny Port casks are unusual in Ireland, due to their age and fragility but ours have been well worth the risk.

We cut from cask strength (anywhere from 55-62% alc/vol) to our chosen bottling strength (45-46% alc/vol) by adding water slowly and gently over 5-6 weeks, resting in between each step so as not to stress the Whiskey - this contributes to smoothness and balance in your glass. We chill filter, colour or otherwise mess with our Whiskey.

Because nearly everything other than distilling happens on site, from finishing and blending to bottling and shipping, we're not dependent on a limited time slot in someone else's factory to prepare our Whiskey - we can take the time to do things properly.

LAKEVIEW SINGLE ESTATE WHISKEY

 

We are working towards becoming Ireland's most beautifully situated Premium Single Estate Grain to Glass Distillery with a Visitor Centre.

 

The journey has already begun with the first of our Lakeview Estate range of Whiskeys, made from our 2018 crop of Barley grown in the Estate's Hilly Field, shown on the right, with Carrauntoohill mountain as its beautiful backdrop. This barley was small batch malted and then, in March 2019, Triple Distilled for us by our distilling partner into Pot Still spirit that is returning to the Estate for maturation.

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