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Glendalough

Glendalough Distillery was founded in 2011 by friends Barry Gallagher, Brian Fagan, Gary McLoughlin and Kevin Keenan with the intent to emphasise traditional methods of Irish distillation in the belief that the industry and market were ready for a return of independent Irish whiskey.

For brand inspiration, the friends looked towards the story of Glendalough, a settlement founded by the legendary St. Kevin. Despite supposedly being of noble birth, St. Kevin lived as a hermit, and was said to be at such one with nature that a blackbird laid her eggs on him. St. Kevin subsequently spent thirteen days and nights standing still, waiting for them to hatch and a further thirteen days and nights waiting for them to fledge (as you would). Glendalough Distillery uses this image as its logo, and it features on every bottling.

In 2013 the current Glendalough Distillery was built on the edge of Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, featuring a 500L Holstein still imported from Germany. While the distillery waited for its own stocks to mature, whiskey was sourced from the Cooley Distillery in Louth, which was given a sense of Glendalough identity through maturation and blending. The range currently features the Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey and the Glendalough 13 Year Old Irish Whiskey - Mizunara Oak Finish, as well as a rather charming gin.

These aren’t the only spirits the Wicklow distillery specialises in, however. Maintaining the desire for traditional Irish distillation, Glendalough began producing poitín, much like the Irish monks of the 6th century. Distilled from sugar beet and barley and matured in Irish oak casks, the first incarnation of Glendalough poitín was released in 2012. There has since been a version matured in sherry casks, demonstrating the distillery’s experimental side.

In 2016 an Irish unit of Canadian drinks distribution group Mark Anthony Brands injected over €5.5m into the company, taking a significant stake in Glendalough Distillery. Other investors backing the project are rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll and C&C (whose brands include Bulmers cider) chief financial officer Kenny Neison.

Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin

70cl, 41%

Following Glendalough's seasonal gins (check out their spring, summer, autumn and winter variants), the Ireland-based distillers have released a gin for all seasons! Their Wild Botanical Gin is made…  More info

Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin
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$36.56

Glendalough 7 Year Old Irish Whiskey

70cl, 46%

A 7 year old Irish single malt whiskey bottled by Glendalough, which has been matured in bourbon barrels and bottled at 46% ABV.  More info

Glendalough 7 Year Old Irish Whiskey
2
$50.35

Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey

70cl, 42%

Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey is a single grain Irish whiskey, initially matured in American bourbon barrels before enjoying a finishing period of six months in Spanish Oloroso Sherry…  More info

Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
10
$36.94

Glendalough Poitín Mountain Strength (55%)

50cl, 55%

Taking inspiration from the classic Irish spirit, Glendalough have created a high-strength variation of their own Poitín (though at a slightly lower ABV than a previous Mountain Strength expression).  More info

Glendalough Poitín Mountain Strength (55%)
$34.50

Glendalough 13 Year Old Irish Whiskey - Mizunara Oak Finish

70cl, 46%

A fascinating 13 year old Irish single malt which has enjoyed a finishing period in Mizunara oak casks! The whiskey was matured in bourbon barrels before being filled into casks made with Mizunara…  More info

Glendalough 13 Year Old Irish Whiskey - Mizunara Oak Finish
$87.88
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Glendalough Poitín Sherry Cask Finished

70cl, 40%

This Glendalough Poitin is made using malted barley and sugar beet, and interestingly is allowed to mature in oak casks! Even more interestingly, the Irish distillers have treatedthis particular…  More info

Glendalough Poitín Sherry Cask Finished
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$36.84
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Glendalough Wild Spring Botanical Gin

70cl, 41%

It's the Spring edition of Glendalough's seasonally focussed gin! With a difference expression for each of the four seasons, using different foraged botanicals to evoke the personality of said…  More info

Glendalough Wild Spring Botanical Gin
$44.27
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Glendalough Poitín

70cl, 40%

The Glendalough distillers in Ireland have only gone and made their own Poitin! Rather intriguingly, they allow their Poitin to be aged in virgin oak casks before bottling...  More info

Glendalough Poitín
$35.71
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Glendalough 13 Year Old Irish Whiskey

70cl, 46%

13 year old single malt Irish whiskey, released by Glendalough. It's allowed to age in bourbon casks for its maturation, which results in waves and waves of caramel and vanilla notes...  More info

Glendalough 13 Year Old Irish Whiskey
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$80.76
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Glendalough Poitín Mountain Strength

70cl, 60%

A higher-strength bottling of Glendalough's Poitin. Presented at a robust 60% ABV, this classic (and intense) Irish spirit shows off notes of dark fruit and sweet vanilla.  More info

Glendalough Poitín Mountain Strength
$44.32
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Glendalough Wild Autumn Botanical Gin

70cl, 41%

The Glendalough distillers in Ireland have four different gins, each using a particular recipe to evoke the personality of a season. This is their Wild Autumn Botanical Gin, featuring a big ol'…  More info

Glendalough Wild Autumn Botanical Gin
$43.22
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Glendalough Wild Winter Botanical Gin

70cl, 41%

A seasonal gin from Irish distillers Glendalough (who are also making whiskey and have received investment from rugby star Brian O'Driscoll) made with wild botanicals from the surrounding Wicklow…  More info

Glendalough Wild Winter Botanical Gin
$42.12
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Glendalough Wild Summer Botanical Gin

70cl, 40%

This is the Wild Summer Botanical Gin from the Glendalough distillers in Ireland. They have a gin recipe for each season, each with different botanicals and a different flavour profile. This one is…  More info

Glendalough Wild Summer Botanical Gin

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