• Danny Joyce | Editor

4th Collaboration Between Walsh Whiskey & Dick Mack’s Brewhouse Announced

Two of Ireland’s leading artisan drinks-producing families, Walsh Whiskey of Carlow and Dick Mack’s of Dingle, have collaborated to create a once-off, super-premium Irish whiskey, finished in a rare craft beer cask.

The Irishman - The Harvest Brown Berry Beer Cask Finish is a triple-distilled, non-chill filtered, marriage of aged Single Malt and Single Pot Still Irish whiskeys by Walsh Whiskey in Carlow. The cask originated from the Caribbean, Saint Lucia, where it first matured Rum for a few years before working its magic on Dick Mack’s Brown Berry Beer for 6 months. The Harvest whiskey was then aged for an additional 7 months in the distinctive Brown Berry Beer Cask from Dick Mack’s Brewhouse in Dingle. This rare single cask of whiskey is bottled at 50.04% ABV.


Just 264 bottles were produced of this incredibly rare Irish whiskey, with the majority pre-sold to members of the Friend’s of Walsh Whiskey - whiskey club.

It is the fourth collaboration between Walsh Whiskey and Dick Mack’s Brewhouse in the magical coastal setting of Dingle in south-west Ireland. Previous releases were The Irishman – Coffee Stout Cask finish (2018), Writers’ Tears - Seaweed IPA Cask finish (2020) and The Irishman – Peated Red Ale (2021).


Bernard Walsh (Walsh Whiskey’s Managing Director) said: “We love working with Finn (MacDonnell), his renowned whiskey adviser Peter White and Brewhouse colleagues, Graham Murray, Brian Murtagh, Aussie Barrett and Seamus Lynch. Together we challenge both ourselves and each other while knocking some craic [fun] out of each project. This sweet offering finished at cask strength packs a friendly punch.”


Finn MacDonnell of Dick Mack’s Brewhouse & Pub said: “Working with Walsh Whiskey we always conjure up the most exotic of combinations for the lucky few to explore and this expression is no different. Where else would licks of Caribbean rum kiss spicy pot-still Irish whiskey, wrapped in beer traces offering toffee, caramel and chocolate – and all in the one bottle?”


Tasting Notes

A fruity creation that hides a strength of character behind its initial sweetness. Notes of spiced pine and Autumn berries hint at the beautiful sunset red ale that rested in these casks before The Irishman – The Harvest. Hints of sugar rum dance with fig and banana, before opening up to the unmistakable Pot Still spice. The sweetness of the Single Malt lingers long after the final sip.


Nose: Spiced pine and Autumn berries.

Palate: Sugar Rum, fig and banana, alongside Pot Still spice.

Finish: Toffee and caramel-inspired sweetness.

 

About The Irishman:

The Irishman is the Walsh family’s original whiskey. Bernard’s love and dedication to reviving old whiskey recipes of the 19th Century forged The Irishman The Harvest and then the development of the award-winning range of whiskeys, including five core expressions (The Irishman - The Harvest; Single Malt; 12-Year-Old Single Malt; 17-Year-Old Single Malt & the Vintage Cask). These tripled-distilled whiskeys include several Single Malt expressions and some very limited special cask finishes.


About Dick Mack’s Brewhouse:

Three friends Aussie, Seamus and Dick Mack’s great-grandson, Finn, discuss times past in the snug at Dick Mack’s over a few pints. The discussion turns to Dick Mack’s history of bottling its own beer and a dream is born. Two years later, after months and months of research, planning and hard work, Dick Mack’s Brewhouse is born. Located in a 250 year old cow shed, the brewhouse has since picked up Gold medal awards for its Coffee Stout and Session IPA at the Blás na hÉireann awards.


About Walsh Whiskey:

Established in 1999, and part of the Amber Beverage Group (www.amberbev.com) since 2021, Walsh Whiskey is a leading producer of super-premium, triple-distilled, Irish whiskeys – The Irishman® and Writers’ Tears®. Its critically acclaimed whiskeys are dedicated to celebrating the Single Pot Still (Writers’ Tears) and Single Malt (The Irishman) premium styles of whiskey. To date this comprises 23 expressions based on historic recipes from the 19th century, Irish whiskey’s golden age, and a range of rare finishes including Mizunara, Florio Marsala, Rum, Cognac, Coffee Stout, Seaweed IPA, Icewine and of course Oloroso and PX Sherries. The company is based in Carlow, Southwest of Dublin, Ireland.


For more information on all things Walsh Whiskey visit WalshWhiskey.com


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