Is there a distillery on Lambay island?
We do not have a distillery on Lambay Island BUT we do have a bonded Maturation Warehouse. This Warehouse (called the Sea Cask Room) exposes some of our casks to the elements of fresh sea air, infusing our Cognac casks with notes of sea spray, iodine and sea salt. To enhance our Single Malt with these beautiful marine notes, several Cognac casks are exposed on Lambay Island. This Lambay finishing process on the island is purely for our Lambay Single Malt, while the Lambay Small Batch Blend has a Cognac casks finish made at the distillery.
Is part of the aging done on the island also?
Our Master Blender ensures that every Cognac cask is selected for its maturation quality and to obtain a perfect finish in those casks. He also carefully selects the finest whiskey and masters the blend from start to finish.
There are similarities to Maison Camus’ Ile de Ré Cognac. Ile de Ré has its own unique climate which gives the Cognac its natural marine notes.
What barrels/casks are used to mature Lambay Whiskey?
Only the finest triple distilled spirit and Irish distilling techniques is used in the making of our whiskey. Our Master Blender combines whiskey matured in Bourbon barrels with whiskey finished in a Cognac cask for our Lambay Small Batch Blend.
Lambay Single Malt is wholly finished in Cognac casks. Selected Cognac casks are placed on Lambay Island to bring maritime notes to the Single Malt to the satisfaction of our Master Blender. Our Cognac casks are made from French Oak and after their whiskey maturation on Lambay Island these Single Malt casks will continue on their journey to make brandy.
What is Whisk(e)y?
Whisky or whiskey is a spirit drink made from malted cereals with or without whole grains of other cereals which have been amongst others fermented by the action of yeast. Various grains (which may be malted) are used for different varieties, including barley, corn (maize), rye, and wheat. Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred white oak.
Irish whiskey is a spirit distilled on the Island of Ireland from a mash of malted cereals with or without whole grains of other cereals made using three vital ingredients, water, barley (Cereal), yeast and is usually Triple Distilled – using two varying production types – Pot Still and Column Still Distillation. The traditional practice is to triple distill, however, double distillation is accepted.
Irish whiskey, raw and malted barley is used in the pot still phase. The barley is dried in kilns that are covered, clean dried, keeping the barley’s natural flavour, resulting in a key quality of Irish whiskey.
Lambay Whiskey is a triple distilled whiskey.
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