Glendalough Distillery was founded in 2011 with a mission of ‘recapturing Ireland’s heritage of great spirit production’ (Glendalough translates to ‘the Glen of two Lakes’ and it is a glacial valley in the Wicklow Mountains, south of Dublin).
The company produces poitín and gin and bottles whiskey sourced mainly from Cooley Distillery. Glendalough Mizunara Finish is in our opinion the first Irish whiskey finished in Japanese oak. That kind of oak is very seldom used for barrel making; it’s very porous and extremely expensive (Mizunara cask usually costs £3,500 to £4,000). After being aged for 13 years in first fill ex-bourbon barrels the whisky spent additional year in Mizunara puncheons sourced from the Ariake cooperage of Hokkaido Island.
Nose: smooth and sweet, vanilla, honey, milk chocolate, pralines, coconut shavings, oranges, apricots and touch of pine needles.
Palate: vanilla cream, butterscotch, nougat, nectarines, coconuts, hints of cinnamon and cloves and touch of oak.
Finish: pretty long with notes of honey, vanilla, cappuccino, milk chocolate and oak.