Whiskey News: New Killowen Txakolina Acacia Release

Key Details

Whiskey Name: Killowen Bonded Expiremental Series: Txakolina Acacia
Distillery:Killowen Distillery
ABV:55.8%
Age:10 yr
Type:Bonded Irish Whiskey
Website: www.killowendistillery.com
Price: €93 on Irish Malts https://bit.ly/2OI41JH
Unique Selling Point: Txakolina Acacia Cask finished with the barrel heads (the lids as I like to call them) made out of virgin Acacia wood

Killowen have come out with some interesting stuff in recent times, and I’ve had the pleasure of getting to try their last in this bonded series, the Jamaican Rum cask. This exploration of wood and different casks to use is what makes whiskey so interesting, and gives Irish whiskey so much flexibility to try out different things without worrying about too much regulation.

Killowen does a great job at their packaging, being very clear that this series is not their own liquid, but bonded and blended to their idea of perfection and you have to applaud that. This is released tomorrow, the 11th of Feb, available to preorder now from the link above, and it’s definitely on my list to try.

Full press release below.

Press Release

This is a Txakolina Acacia Cask finished, Small batch (490 bottles), cask strength, non-chill filtered, no Colouring, 10 year old blend with transparency and integrity at its core.

Since the incipient of Killowen Distillery, we have been carefully sourcing whiskeys that are a minimum of ten years old from different distilleries all across Ireland. Throughout this time we also hunted the globe for the finest casks to complement certain flavour notes in the blends.
Amongst the vibrant blended whiskey culture in Ireland, the Killowen series stands out with its unique ratio of malts and grain whiskeys, the blend is then finished with a dominant yet balanced cask influence. This allows the consumer to enjoy an educative experience while drinking which is enhanced by extensive production transparency on the bottle labeling.
Killowen hopes to be an exemplar for industry progression, with their integrety bottlings, quality spirit and transparency is at its core. The packaging provides the consumer with all details regarding sourcing, blend ratio and finish.
The fact that it is not Killowen distilled spirit but rather, as the names suggests, a blended/ bonded spirit – is clearly set out. By providing the consumer with all the information allowing it allows for a deeper understanding of the flavor breakdown.
This whiskey is the second of a set of different whiskeys that will be released over a two year period. The creators have advised the whiskey can be slightly diluted to suit the consumer. Finishing only 490 no. 50cl bottles, The Basque Txakolina Cask was specifically chosen for its smell and freshness, This coupled with virgin Acacia heads creates a unique small batch spirit with a full bodied experience as follows:

Nose

Intense varietal aromas on the nose, with notes of white fruit, (pear and apple) citrus, (grapefruit) and stone fruit, (peach) with a mild spice towards the end of the arrival.

Palate

A marriage of apricot, apple and pear flesh from the start with a slight bitter varietal character, creating a fresh mineral balance alongside vanilla wood-spice.
##Finish
A long vanilla wood-spice finish with grapefruit and apple. Returning to stone fruit from the spirit balanced with stone fruit from the wine cask.
While tasting, add half tea spoons of un-chilled water until the consumers ‘sweet spot’ is found

Note:

Continuing with the discipline of this series, all bottles are at cask strength, there has been no chilled filtration or added colouring. The spirit has come straight from cask to bottle, is full of flavour and high in alcohol content. The wine Cask is lightly charred and so the unfiltered spirit is relatively free of char.

Killowen Distillery believe a whiskey should be enjoyed at cask strength then diluted by the consumer for a more intimate and educative drinking experience.

The consumer will notice the flavour profile of the spirit change as it breathes. Different fruit and spice notes become apparent as the spirit is carefully diluted and begins to open up.

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