Produced by Cooley Distillery, Connemara is one of few peated Irish whiskies but, arguably the most well-known. First released around 1996 (from distillate created in 1992), the brand has won a glut of awards on the international stage over the years, and comes in a selection of NAS, age-statement and limited edition varieties.
Kilbeggan distillery was founded by the McManus family in 1757 on the banks of the River Brosna in Kilbeggan, County Westmeath, Ireland. Indeed, it was originally called the Brosna Distillery after its water source. John Locke bought the distillery in 1843 (resulting in another name change to Locke’s Distillery), however, the site was one of many that suffered at the hands of the worldwide economic depression between the two World Wars. It struggled on until 1954 when it ceased production and fell into disrepair.
Sourced from Cooley stocks Batch 1 of W.D. O’Connell’s 17 year old Single Malt Irish Whiskey has been matured in 1st fill ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask for 6 months. 370 bottles were produced and can be purchased directly from the bottler for £149.95 or from a number of retailers including the Celtic Whiskey Shop.