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Ballykeefe Irish Poitín, 40%

Ballykeefe Distillery in County Kilkenny promote themselves as a grain to glass operation.

The barley for this poitín – same as their out-of-my-reach whiskey – is grown on the farm.

They’re into ‘traditionality, environmentalism’ & ‘family values’.

Quite how that translates into flavour will have to wait for my first sip!

The nose is quite soft & new makey. Nothing unusual for a barley based poitín.

Very smooth on the palate. No harshness here!

On the finish I’m embraced by a warming hug of heat!

Delightfully engaging & a very friendly introduction to the poitín category.

Picked this one up at a local SuperValu in the metropolis of Moate.

Sláinte

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Lough Ree Distillery, The Bridge Series, Barley Harbour, Single Malt, Single Cask, 46%

Barley Harbour is the latest release from Lough Ree Distillery’s Bridge Series.

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Named after an actual berthing point on Lough Ree itself, The Bridge Series tides the distillery over until their own whiskey is ready.

I happily encountered Barley Harbour at the wonderfully reconvened ‘live’ Midlands Craft Beer Festival at Don’s Bar in Moate.

Presented in an elegantly elongate bottle bearing the striking Lough Ree Distillery logo, Barley Harbour is offered at 46%, non chill filtered & natural colour – as are all The Bridge series.

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Sourced from a certain Northern distillery which usually presents it’s whiskey at 40%, chill filtered & added caramel – Lough Ree – as independent bottlers – provide a marvelous opportunity to taste the full potential of this ex-bourbon matured six & a half year old.

Lovely clarity of flavour.

Rich & engaging mouthfeel.

A gorgeously long lasting finish.

Chatting to one of the founders – inbetween a few tasty beers! – it appears there will be some very exciting developments from Lough Ree Distillery shortly.

As it is, Barley Harbour is an excellent single malt Irish whiskey to savour & enjoy.

Catch it while you can!

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