Currach Atlantic Wakame Seaweed Cask

Key Details

Whiskey Name: Currach Atlantic Wakame Seaweed
Distillery: Undisclosed
ABV: 58.4%
Age: NAS
Type: Single Malt
Website: http://currachwhiskey.com/
Price: €110
Release Date: 4th December 2020

Currach have been doing some pretty interesting stuff, I got to try their initial release - Atlantic Kombu - at distilled.online by L Mulligans. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was a pleasant surprise at how the seaweed interacted with the whiskey, and carried through to the final product considering it’s used in the charring of the barrel process, rather than drying the malt which is usually how peat influences a whiskey.

I thought it was quite fascinating that their founders cask strength edition of the Kombu was actually a completely different flavor profile to the regular release - this is due to their experimentation of cask charring, and the initial charring for founders single casks were heavily charred with seaweed with very little movement of the barrels. The regular release barrels on the other hand, had less seaweed initially, and were rotated while charring to give it an even coat and re-charred as needed with seaweed.

Press Release

Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd, pioneers in avant-garde single malt spirits, are proud to partner with the first ever Irish whiskey subscription service, Three Drams, for the launch of their latest Founder’s Single Cask release, Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey – Founders Wakame Cask Strength Release.

Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey is a true innovation in the world of whiskey, and the first to be finished in seaweed charred casks. To celebrate this unique creation, we have released a limited edition series of ‘Founders’ Cask Strength bottlings. These bottles have been drawn from the very first casks we used to explore the idea of enriching a single malt Irish Whiskey with seaweed.

The second bottling in this series is the Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey – Founders Wakame Cask Strength release. This has been created using sustainably hand harvested and organic Irish Wakame Seaweed. This is a limited edition single cask of 220 hand-filled and hand numbered bottles at cask strength ( 58.4% alc./vol.). This is a new voyage for the whiskey category and a rare opportunity to own a piece of Irish Whiskey history.

Our vision on Currach was to create a single malt Irish whiskey based on various elements of the Irish terroir. Our land produces some of the best malted barley in the world and our seas yield wonderful organic and sustainable seaweed. Never before have these two elements been brought together in a whiskey and we are proud that this is a world’s first. The union of land & sea has become the backbone of Currach, and gives it such a uniquely rich, multi layered and complex character.

After the success of our initial Atlantic Kombu Founders Cask, we are now delighted to release our second Founders Cask variety created using Atlantic Wakame seaweed, thus showing the incredible diversity of Ireland’s maritime terroir, and how this influences our single malt whiskey. This will be followed by the Currach Atlantic Wakame commercial release in 2021.

We’re also thrilled that this exciting release will be launched in association with Ireland’s first ever whiskey subscription service, Three Drams.

Patrick ShelleyFounder of Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd.

Official Tasting Notes:

Nose

Toasted oak followed by enticing seashore aromas, intermingled with scents of dark chocolate and salted caramel, complemented by red berries with a pinch of maritime sea salt.

Palate

A briney coastal flavour coats the mouth on entry, followed by sweet tropical fruits and salted caramel, giving way to vanilla, marshmallows and a hint of strawberries.

Finish

An elegant sweet and salty finish with lingering umami undertones.

Three Drams:

Three Drams, is a monthly whiskey tasting subscription with a focus on Irish whiskey. Subscribers to the Three Drams service will get an exclusive pre-sale opportunity to purchase a bottle of Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey – Founders Wakame Cask Strength before it goes on general sale on Friday December 4th. They will also receive a 30ml sample of the product in their December tasting pack for the Three Drams live virtual tasting on Thursday December 17th, which Origin Spirits will join to talk through the product. This will be the first time the product will be tasted anywhere in the world.

Key Dates:

-Tuesday December 1st: Presale for Three Drams Subscribers (threedrams.com)
-Friday December 4th: Public Sale
-Thursday December 17th: Three Drams Facebook Live Tasting

RRP Ireland:

110,00€

Retailers:

Irishmalts (irishmalts.com), Celtic Whiskey Shop, Bradley’s Specialist Off-Licence.

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