Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd. (OS)
Bottling serie
Atlantic Kombu Seaweed Cask
ex-bourbon & seaweed charred virgin oak
Batch 1
Number of bottles
60.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Founder's Cask / numbered bottles
Added on
31 mar 2020 3:02 pm by whisky313
Non-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 127.43

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8 × member ratings

25 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Currach Founder's Edition

3 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.17 points.

  1. Merl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

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  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    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.

  4. 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)


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