• Danny Joyce | Editor

Roe & Co. launch Coffee Stout Cask Finish from the Cask & Keg Series

Roe & Co Irish whiskey have announced the launch of it's latest whiskey. Roe & Co Coffee Stout Cask Finish from the Cask & Keg series is an exciting new small batch release. The culmination of an experimental flavour collaboration between Roe & Co Irish whiskey and its Dublin 8 neighbour, The Guinness Open Gate Brewery.

One for whiskey collectors and aficionados’, Roe & Co Cask & Keg Stout Cask Finish edition sees age old friends’ whiskey and beer, come together for another taste exploration in Irish whiskey. This delicious whiskey sees the flavour note impact on the whiskey’s signature 106 blend finished for 11 months in casks that previously held Guinness Open Gate Brewery’s Coffee Stout. The result is a rare complex discovery for the senses – notes of creamy vanilla and cacao on the nose, full bodied with a touch of sweet molasses and subtle wood spice on the palate, finishing with a creamy mouth coating and subtle roasted malt taste, all pinned with underlying notes of coffee grounds from the stout and spiced orchard fruits from the core blend.

Available in limited quantities, and for purchase in The Roe & Co Distillery, via www.shop.roeandcowhiskey.com. Roe & Co Irish whiskey recommends that the whiskey is best served neat or with ice, however the underlying coffee notes imparted by the stout offer an intriguing cocktail base for a twist on the traditional expresso martini.


Head Brewer, Peter Simpson, commented: “We first experimented with Cask & Keg with our Antwerpen Stout and Citra IPA – both of which produced taste experiences unique to the partnership between the Roe & Co Distillery and the Open Gate Brewery at St. James’ Gate. Building on this success, now we’re taking experimentation one step further and looked to deepen the blend between whiskey and stout. Focusing only on stout, this year’s Cask & Keg release is the result of the 11-month finishing of Roe & Co’s blend 106 in barrels which previously matured coffee infused stout. The result is a coffee stout finish with undertones of cream soda, subtle soft wood spice and tropical fruit.”


Bottled at 46% ABV, this very special, non-chill filtered expression is on sale from Oct 1st.


Tasting notes:


Nose: Creamy vanilla, hints of chocolate coated honeycomb, sweet caramel, cacao, fruity confectionary candied ginger and tropical fruit background of distant dried mango and hessian sacks.


Taste/palate: Full bodied smooth slow drip coffee and sweet hard toffee/tablet and a very slight hint of molasses with some fruit there behind the freshly ground coffee/toffee notes – pineapple and pear, cream soda and subtle gentle herbal/soft wood spice – thyme, allspice, mace.


Finish: Creamy vanilla and hazelnut mouth coating with a gentle lingering of subtle roasted malt/coffee grounds acidity taste.


The Roe & Co Coffee Stout Cask Finish can be purchased  for €60 from the Roe & Co. website: https://shop.roeandcowhiskey.com/products/roe-co-cask-keg-coffee-stout-finish or from the Celtic Whiskey Shop. Available from October 1st - International Coffee Day.


For a sensory journey through the rich history of brewing and distilling in Dublin 8, embodied in the Coffee Stout Cask Finish collaboration with Guinness Open Gate Brewery. Visit Roe & Co. Distillery for the “On Common Grounds” experience which begins with a sparkling Roe & Co whiskey cocktail, followed by a deconstructed tasting of our signature 106 blend and limited-edition expression of Roe & Co. You will be taken on a food and whiskey pairing that celebrates the broad spectrum of flavour found in beer, whiskey & coffee. Create your own blend from our stocks of premium Irish whiskey, then continue to our Flavours Workshop, our cocktail lab, to mix up your blend into a delicious drink, inspired by your own unique recipe.


Finish with an exciting twist on the Irish Coffee and a glassware gift set to take your memories home with.


For more information visit roeandcowhiskey.com.


Slán go fóill.