Clonakilty Distillery founders, the Scully family, have farmed by this coastal land for eight successive generations. A commitment to both heritage and innovation has led us to revive ancient malting barley varieties. Privileged to be guardians of these scarce grains, they nurture them to create a range of whiskies that honours this unique inheritance. Their fields at the base of Galley Head Lighthouse are the perfect environment to nurture and grow the finest of crops. Centuries of sea mist, soft rain and ocean spray provide a complexity to the soil that permeates right through to each individual grain. Their Atlantic Ocean warehouse is ideal for maturing the finest of whiskies. Pure clean air, transported across thousands of miles of the Atlantic, provides a freshness unspoilt by human intervention. It is ever-changing – from wild Atlantic storms, to tranquil sea mist and soft rain. In this micro-climate, a whiskey will only rest for a short while before interacting with the wood and the angels to develop a unique and distinct maritime character.
Light, floral and sweet. Caramel and vanilla notes on the bouquet. A light mouthfeel showing sweet apples, pear and toffee all folded into a slight spice package and continues with a slight nuttiness. While it’s obvious that this has a high percentage of grain, it carries it well. Clean, crisp and delicate on the palate dominated by green, herbaceous aromas. Mint, herb and citrus with a little vanilla. Mouth-watering and soft. Thankfully the palate is less grain dominated and there and interesting things ahead. Flavours of spiced fruits, almonds, vanilla, citrus fruits and honey. Quite short on the finish but with pleasing fruity notes.