Hinch Irish Whiskey 18 Year Old Single Malt 70cl 46% abv
Hinch Distillery, Ireland’s newest premium distillery producing whiskey and gin in an age-old setting, is celebrating its opening with the production of a very limited-edition Single Malt Whiskey.
Hinch 18 Year Old Single Malt finished in Château de La Ligne casks is a delectable marriage of the distillery founder Dr Terry Cross’ two passions, his Bordeaux wine and his County Down whiskey.
Dr Cross, who also owns Château de La Ligne, a vineyard in Bordeaux, will produce this very exclusive whiskey by finishing the single malt in casks previously containing Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot used in its finest wine, the Grande Reserve.
These casks have been emptied and refilled with fine Irish Single Malt whiskey that has spent 18 years maturing in Kentucky bourbon barrels. A further six-month finishing period in these casks has added rich new flavours of summer berries, sultanas and dark chocolate with a long and smooth finish.
This very rare release sees the production of just 650 bottles presented in a beautiful gift box, also containing a 750ml bottle of the Château de La Ligne Grande Reserve which has played such a significant role in the final whiskey.
Owners of this revered whiskey will detect scents of red summer berries, plum and apple with a delicate touch of red liquorice.
“The taste is bold, with the palate absorbing a toffee, caramel and dark cocoa undertone elevated by a backbone of sweet vanillins and freshly toasted oak. Nuanced touches of red apple, plum and summer berries clearly represent the influences of the wine finish. On the palate this whiskey delivers a multitude of differing layers of flavour all of which are individually both sumptuous and extremely moreish.
“The 18 years of initial ageing adds huge depth to the overall flavour profile of this superb whiskey. The chorus of influences brought to bear from its finishing in Château de La Ligne Grande Reserve casks elevates the already superb into becoming the absolutely sublime.”