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The Liberator Malt Whiskey in Tawny Port Finish

This is a rich and complex malt Whiskey finished in really fresh ex Tawny Port casks, contributing intensity, richness and complexity to the whiskey.

A Vatted Malt - made up of Single Malts from different distilleries, Ireland's first for decades, this is a perfect showcase of the Whiskey Bonder's art.

The components are 22% 2006 Cooley Single Malt and 78% 2015 Great Northern Distillery Single Malt. All were initially matured in ex-Bourbon casks. The younger Whiskey was then finished in really fresh Tawny Port casks for between 9 & 12 months.

Tasting Notes: Nose: Intense fruity aromas like dried cherries and figs, some pomegranate, freshly peeled citrus zests, spices like cardamom and long-pepper tickle the nose, the crispy malt in the background acts as a stable structure to achieve complexity. Palate: First some roasted aromas from malt and hazel nuts, then undertones of a winey sweetness, again fruity but now more blackberries, dried kiwi and blood orange zests, the mouthfeel is smooth with a soft sparkle. Finish: Warm and spicy with a bit of candied ginger, again long-pepper and citrus zests.
Our Inaugural Release of 685 numbered bottles recently sold out but we have just launched Batch 2 - 1,000 numbered bottles (700ml) at 46% ABV. RRP €65


The Liberator Small Batch - Double Port Finish

This is our recently released premium blended whiskey, which is light and elegant, whilst still having lots of character.

Premium because it has a high malt content of 42% (most blends have 5-15%) which contributes depth and complexity while retaining the approachability of a blended Whiskey. Initially matured in ex-Bourbon casks, the Whiskey was transferred into a selection of really fresh Tawny and Ruby Port casks for its final 9-12 months, which has imparted rich fruity notes.

The Malt Whiskey element comprises mostly 2015 Great Northern Distillery Single Malt with a small 2006 Single Malt component from Cooley Distillery. The Grain is, again, mostly 2015 Great Northern Distillery with a small 2010 Cooley Single Grain component. It was the younger Malt Whiskeys that were finished for 9-12 months in a selection of Tawny and Ruby Port casks and a portion of the younger Grain was finished in Ruby Port casks.

Tasting Notes: 

We say: Rich dried fruits on the nose. Blackcurrant, cloves, orange zest and pear drops and a creamy mouthfeel on the palate. A medium length finish with vanilla, almonds and some spice.

They say: "exuberantly fruity, full of juicy ripe blackcurrants and red cherries” John Wilson, Irish Times, September 2020 “A classy blend with red fruits, orange and malt loaf 90/100” Martin Moran, Sunday Times, September 2020

This is a batch of 3,000 numbered bottles (700ml) at 46% ABV and priced at €49.


Storehouse Specials

These are occasional tiny early releases of new products that we’re working on. The first is a Cask Strength version of The Liberator Small Batch – Double Port Finish which was a batch of just 156 hand numbered half bottles (350ml) with an rrp of €55. More to come....