West Cork's limited release Black Reserve whiskey is prepared by blending malt and grain whiskey. The blend is then polish matured in lightly toasted heavily charred #4 bourbon first fill casks for 6 months. This produces a slightly smokey, vanilla rich, sweet whiskey. Dr Barry Walsh was instrumental in the development of this product and was delighted with the final quality. The whiskey expresses deep woodiness and spice with a lingering sweet vanilla note, as well as a Barrel Proof whiskey, brimming with dried fruits, almonds and malt. It is bottled at 86 proof after being finished in Double Charred Bourbon Casks.
West Cork Distillers is proud to have assembled a collaborative team of Master Blenders, with over 80 years combined experience. Dr. Barry Walsh has been a central figure in the development of Irish whiskey for over 40 years, fostering the export and appreciation of Irish Whiskies across the globe. His work with some of the world’s top-selling whiskey brands contribute to his undisputed industry expertise. He is deservedly a winner of the 2005 Whisky Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Frank McHardy began his career in Campbeltown in 1977 and has developed countless esteemed whiskey brands. His dedication to the craft has placed him in the top tier of the industry, naming him a winner of the 2014 Whisky Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
With a careful eye for detail, West Cork Distillers uses only pot stills in all their whiskey distillation and only fresh spring water sourced from the Ilen River. It is the only Irish distillery to exclusively malt its own barley and embraces artisan techniques. The re-introduction of artisan independent Irish whiskey remains a dream of these three childhood friends. As Irish Whiskey’s growth continues to surge across the global market, West Cork Distillers is positioned to be a leader in both quality and spirit.