Clonakilty Distillery and Carlow Brewing Company have worked together again to release a second batch of Clonakilty O’Hara’s Cask Finish Special Edition.
This limited-edition of 1600 bottles hits the shelves on March 4th, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The first release garnered a gold medal at the World Whiskey Awards 2022, and we anticipate this latest release will touch all the right notes again.
Maybe what makes this relationship work so well is how much our stories resemble each other. According to Carlow Brewing Company, Seamus O’Hara, “We are a local volume craft brewery with big goals, and our focus has always been on creating quality beers that push the envelope. Clonakilty has a similar story to tell about innovation in the whiskey industry.”
This second edition is a single malt whiskey aged in an ex-bourbon barrel, finished in O’Hara’s Imperial Stout and Winter Star Spiced Pale Ale barrels at our Atlantic Ocean warehouse.
According to Oisin Mulcahy, Head Distiller at Clonakilty Distillery, “A good whiskey should have engaging flavours and a beautiful aroma but still feel balanced, and I feel that is what we achieved with this second batch.” He continues, “The combination of stout and whiskey deliver a classic taste, and the spiced ale brings a greater depth and a slightly citrus finish.”
The second release comes in at a slightly lower ABV of 47.5%, which balances the sweeter character of the beer with the malt whiskey. We encourage consumers to play around with the dilution and to have fun exploring the release of different flavours. For example, adding a few drops of water will open the beer aromas, revealing hints of allspice, chocolate, and orange.
Clonakilty O’Hara’s Cask Finish Special Edition: First released in 2020 and was awarded Category Winner in the Small Batch Single Malt 12 Years & Under at the World Whiskey Awards 2022.
Where To Buy
Limited Release: 1,600 bottles
Available from the Distillery Shop in Clonakilty & Online Store, as well as Supervalu and Centra stores.
Nose/Aromas: Vanilla custard, candied ginger, hot chocolate, nutmeg and cinnamon
Palette/Flavours: Ginger cake, cardamom, fudge brownie, lemon peel
Finish: Allspice, chocolate and orange oil
About Carlow Brewing Company
O Hara’s Carlow Brewing Company was established in Carlow 1996. They are an award winning brewery, renowned for their quality stouts and ales. The company use the highest quality raw materials with no short cuts.
About Clonakilty Distillery
Clonakilty is Irelands maritime distillery located on the southwestern tip of Ireland. Founded by the Scully family in 2016, the distillery includes an award-winning visitor experience and gin school. The family grow their own barely and mature whiskey on the farm by the oceans edge.