Hinch Distillery’s Craft & Casks is a trio of fine Irish whiskeys that up the flavour game in the segment having been finished using craft beer casks.
A collaboration of the craftsmanship of Hinch Whiskey and the unique flavour of the Irish craft brewing scene is a new union at Hinch Distillery, which has spawned three new whiskeys.
The collection, known as Craft & Casks includes
~ Imperial Stout Finish - Whiskybase ID 180349
~ Irish Red Rye Finish - Whiskybase ID 180347
~ Rye Export Stout Finish - Whiskybase ID 180346
which are disrupting the taste profile of the whiskey scene.
Using casks from two Ulster breweries; Whitewater Brewery in Co Down and Kinnegar Brewery in Co. Donegal, the three aged whiskeys have their own distinct flavours.
The Imperial Stout Finish (180349) hails from Co Down, sitting in the shadows of the Mourne Mountains. Its Kreme de la Kremlin Imperial Stout brings orchard fruits and butter toffee tastes to the whiskey in what the distillery describes as a “luxurious mouthfeel of light toffee, coffee, vanilla sweetness and cinnamon spice follows”.
Meanwhile, the Irish Red Rye Finish (180347) and Rye Export Stout Finish (180346) are finished in Kinnegar Brewery beer casks boasting their own unique flavour profiles. This includes sweet toffee, bitter cocoa and a hint of red apple and orange zest citrus derived from Red Rye casks while the Export Stout Finish flaunts aromas of dark treacle, caramel and vanilla.
Speaking about the new releases, Head Distiller, Aaron Flaherty said: “Our new Craft & Casks range is a delectable partnership between Hinch Distillery and two Irish craft breweries, which produces three distinctly flavoured beer barrel aged whiskeys. The union of whiskey with craft beer barrels is an emerging trend within the distilling industry and demand is surging. While Hinch is a relatively new name to the drinks’ fraternity, we have quickly risen to a par with the best around, beckoning prestigious awards in our two years of operation.”
The new collection will be available from the Hinch Distillery Store, SuperValu and Centra off licenses and independents across ROI and UK. RRP £35 GBP. Euro equivalen unknown.