Whiskey connoisseurs are constantly on the hunt for something rare and unique — a one of a kind. The newest addition to the Blacks Brewery & Distillery portfolio, an 18 Year Old Single Malt with an Irish Rum Cask Finish, might be just what they’re after.
Over the years, Blacks have become accustomed to setting the industry trends and securing their place in history books with a number of firsts. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way in Kinsale, Blacks are Ireland’s first co-located brewery and distillery. In 2018, husband and wife duo of Sam and Maudeline Black launched Ireland’s first-ever spiced rum, Blacks Spiced Rum. Continuing to expand their offering, Blacks Golden Rum hit the shelves and in 2020 took home the coveted gold award at the World Rum Awards.
Blacks are once again bringing us a world’s first world’s first for Irish whiskey — an Irish rum cask finish. Securing a limited amount of aged single malt that would complement the characteristics of their rum casks — which previously held their award-winning liquid gold — Blacks began the process of maturing a single malt whiskey with a unique twist. After continuous sampling and endless hours of profiling, in April 2021 this treasure had reached peak maturation.
There are only 563 bottles of this limited edition 18-Year-Old Single Malt, each individually numbered. Many whiskey collectors will keep their collection unopened for many years, and so with every purchase Blacks are providing a free 20ml spirit sample so that they can sip and enjoy this new Irish spirit now while keeping their bottles intact.
Founder Sam Black said, “The idea stemmed from our desire to push the boundaries for Irish spirits and continue to bring about new and innovative releases. We are very familiar with this rum cask style here at Blacks, but it is something completely new to even the most renowned whiskey connoisseurs.”
- Aroma: Opens with confected aromas of vanilla maple syrup, sticky toffee pudding and candied fruit. Slight hints of coffee beans are set aside by the oak wood undertones before being reminded of banoffee pie and tropical desserts.
- Palate: A velvet soft, toffee rich mouthfeel gives way to notes of caramel-coated nuts and buttery biscuits. Sweet malt and rum spices then demand your attention, as exotic fruit notes push to the forefront of your palate.
- Finish: A complex finish, with lingering nutmeg spices and dried sultanas fading out before being left with the oak wood undertones that characterised this whiskey for the first 18 years of its life.
Presented in a bespoke treasure chest style box, this cask strength beauty comes in at 56% ABV. Retailing at €500 per bottle, this one-of-a-kind whiskey is available exclusively through the Blacks online store.