Reveler is excited to have our good friends, Ireland’s own Glendalough Distillery, back at the tasting bar. Known as “The Garden of Ireland,” Glendalough is an ancient glacier valley that is renowned for its beauty and 6th century monastic settlements founded by St. Kevin of Glendalough. Monasteries like Glendalough were the birthplace of distilled drinks. Glendalough Distillery was founded by a group of friends from Wicklow and Dublin with a passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland. After years of questioning why there weren’t more craft distilleries in the birthplace of the practice, they quit their day jobs and together built a distillery near their favorite spot in the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough. Come on and try some phenomenal Irish spirits. Also new to the store, we will be tasting a new delicious Canadian whisky, Bearface, aged for seven years in three different barrels.
We will be tasting:
Rose Gin - To make this very special, small-batch gin, Glendalough completely rebalances their Wild Gin recipe and redistills it with extra fruit, flowers, spices... and of course, a lot of fresh rose petals. Three varieties of rose are used: the rare and elusive Wild Rose from the Wicklow mountains, large fragrant Heritage Roses, and the ancient prized Damask Rose; all of which come together to make this a naturally pink and very floral gin. Given the delicate nature of petals as an ingredient, this gin is distilled even slower and more gently than the wild botanical gin with vapor distillation playing a bigger part in extracting the essential oils and flavors. After distilling, it is further infused with even more roses to deepen the flavors and of course, the lovely pink hue. This is not “just another pink gin” - far from it! The depth and complexity really needs to be tasted to be understood. Floral, fragrant and flavorful, it is some of the best, most interesting gin made and comes after a lot of experimenting with plants, fruit, spices and flowers.
Wild Botanical Gin - A full-time Glendalough forager scours the mountains around the distillery for wild plants, and what they pick goes fresh into the still within hours of foraging. Then, the wild botanicals are painstakingly slow-distilled to tease out delicate flavors in very small batches of less than 250 liters.
Double Barrel Whiskey - Upon its release, the whiskey won double gold at The World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. American oak Bourbon barrels bring sweet honey and smooth vanilla notes, and the Spanish Oloroso barrels layer on dried fruit and nutty flavors. It is an Irish whiskey that might make you think twice about Irish whiskey!
Glendalough Pot Still Irish Whiskey - Finished for up to a year in the rarest of all casks, virgin Irish oak, this is a milestone for Irish Whiskey: A single cask, mainstream whiskey that makes the flavors of Irish oak available to everyone. They sustainably fell 140 year-old trees from the ancient oak forest in the mountains around the distillery. This is the beginning of a year-long process that ends with an Irish oak hogshead. These special casks are filled with the most quintessentially Irish whiskey styles, pot still. The higher levels of toasted oak and vanilla flavors that Irish oak brings to the liquid compliment and balance the classic pot still spices. Each bottle is numbered and traceable to each cask and even to the tree from where it came.
7yr Old Single Malt - Inspired by the seven hard years that St. Kevin spent in the wild and the “city of seven churches,” he came to build at Glendalough. By swapping barrels with 5 Lamps Brewery’s Black Pitts Porter, the finish brings the single malt to incredible depths. Made with roasted chocolate barley, it amplifies the malt notes while layering on rich, dark flavors.
13yr Old Single Malt - This winner of World Best Irish Whiskey is the first, and only, Irish Whiskey released with a Japanese mizunara oak finish. Their Japanese mizunara comes from Hokkaido, the rugged, most northern island of Japan. Mizunara amplifies much of what is already there while layering on more vanilla smoothness, sandalwood notes and even a bit of coconut.
Bearface Whisky - Bearface sources only from the finest 7 year old single grain whisky from distilleries across Canada. They then drive it to the Mission Hill, B.C. wine country to begin their process of collaborating with wine makers, coopers and blenders. By including experts outside the world of whisky and sharing their passion of craft, together, they created a truly different, bold, rich Canadian whisky. It is then aged in ex-Bourbon American oak barrels to impart vanilla notes, ex-Bordeaux tight grain French oak casks to impart fruit notes and a rich color, and virgin Hungarian oak air dried for three years to impart rye-like notes.