The second of our whiskeys releases in 2018 is a triple distilled Single Malt Irish whiskey.
Produced from 100% malted barley using the pot-still distillation method, our Single Malt distillate is rich and complex and needs more time in our Cognac casks for all the taste molecules to combine and become well balanced in the finish.
Usually, grain distillates are smooth and subtle and need less time to combine, however single malt is more complex which makes the spirit rich enough to bear our 100% cognac cask finish.
Lambay Single Malt ageing is founded by two main influences – the fruit components from the wood (cognac cask) and the interaction of our unique maritime atmosphere surrounding our barrels.
Our casks are brought from the cellars of Camus Cognac to Lambay Island where our spirit is expunged into these casks from the distillery. We then lay them down to rest in our bonded warehouse called the Sea Cask Room. This warehouse is lying right on our North East shore, open to all the influences of the sea. The casks lay in the traditional cognac style (on their sides) and receive the full atmospheric influence of the Irish Sea and unique micro-climate on Lambay.
The North East of Ireland is known for being one of the most concentrated areas for sea-spray aerosols in Europe. These particles deliver an atmosphere that is high in negative oxygen (ions). These ions are high in lipids from the rich phytoplankton in the Irish Sea. The oxygen is highly concentrated, with iodine and other components that aid the wood interaction and influence the specific taste. It is no wonder that our flora and wildlife thrive here!
Our Lambay Whiskey Single Malt is complex and rich, it needs more time for the taste notes to marry. With time, all molecules react together and produce our unique spirit. Our Master Blender controls this complex stage of evolution by consistent testing and we use several fills of cognac casks for this process. These fillings allow a different kind of extraction from each cognac cask and present a good balance between the Irish whiskey taste and the rich cognac flavours. All our cognac casks have been hand-selected for their rich and complex notes, especially prepared for our whiskey fills to adapt to our blend.
Our passion is to play with this complexity to reach the optimum balance. This is our crafted approach to finishing.
While stocks of this first edition sold out very fast, and achieved over 14 whiskey award medals in its short time, there may still be some bottles to be found across the world, we advise you to treasure them as when there gone there gone!
Now this whiskey is on limited release only in 2021 until we present our new Single Malt Series this year.