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Overall rating
84.67/100
votes
5
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd. (OS)
Bottling serie
Atlantic Kombu Seaweed Cask
Bottled
03.2020
Casktype
ex-bourbon & seaweed charred virgin oak
Casknumber
Batch 1
Number of bottles
220
Strength
60.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Founder's Cask / numbered bottles
Barcode
0793618032142
Added on
31 Mar 2020 3:02 pm by whisky313
Non-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 110.00

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Whisky Reviews for Currach Founder's Edition

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.67 points

  1. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Currach Single Malt Irish Whisky is a true innovation in the world of whisky, and the first to be finished in Atlantic kombu seaweed charred casks. To celebrate this unique creation, Origin Spirits have decided to release a 'Founders' Single Cask of 220 hand-filled and hand numbered bottles at Cask Strength (60 % alc./vol.). These bottles have been drawn from the very first cask they used to explore the idea of enriching a single malt Irish Whisky with seaweed. The objective was to create the perfect union of the Irish land and sea in a whisky that showcases the best of Irish terroir. This limited release is a new voyage for the whisky category and a rare opportunity to own a piece of Irish Whisky history.

    The very first bottle was kindley donated to The Irish Wildlife Trust (charity auction winning price = 290€uro)

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/06/23/s-w-a-g-origin-spirits-ireland/

    Sourced from fourth-generation Wild Irish Seaweed [sustainable] harvesters [see pic], this is Origin Spirits’ first cask ever to be influenced by seaweed. To honour this momentous/historic event, just 220 bottles from this premier cask were released at cask strength, 20 further bottles held back for tastings like this – so a big thanks to Stephen for the opportunity to try it. Early on, Origin Spirits were not so “nuanced” with their ingenious seaweed cask-seasoning technique, initially placing a [grade 3 charred] US virgin cask upright, loading it with 10kg of seaweed and setting fire to it with a flame thrower over and over again [and taking the char grade up to 4-5].

    N: Similar to the standard Currach yet far richer and more resinousness, I find this [oloroso] sherry-driven, the illusion of. Stephen tells us it’s the Kombu [and wood chips] that bring those sherried /leathery tannins. Sweet, toffee caramel notes also apply. Later, I pick out streams of runny milky [white] chocolate and > tablet.

    T: Even though there’s far more seaweed used in the preparation of this cask, its effect is more subtle than the previous Currach, the seaweed more of a side note by comparison. Starting with an abv-driven lively/formidable sweet toffee, almost rye-like arrival [which is a joy every time], it continues with sweet rubbery bourbon-y toffee,.. the miso/fungal/nori sheets underneath, moving into chocolatey and rubbery bourbon-y toffee putty.

    F: With a medium fade, it’s the low-phenolic waxy carbolic seaweed notes that enhance the Irish/US putty confectionary notes at the death and add to the moreish curiousness.

    C: This is a fascinating young whisky. What a start to the process. The strength carries it.

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