Walsh Whiskey has released the 2021 vintage of The Irishman Vintage Cask, a rare cask strength Irish whiskey expression. This year’s edition is limited to just 3,000 bottles worldwide, with 750 bottles assigned to the United States and 2,250 bottles for the Rest of the World. The 2021 vintage is the 13th release since 2008, when it became the first triple-distilled Cask Strength Irish whiskey released in over half a century.
The Irishman Vintage Cask is a marriage of aged single malt and aged single pot still whiskeys, matured in first-fill bourbon casks, non chill-filtered and bottled at 54.8% ABV.
Describing the 13th edition of The Irishman Vintage Cask, co-founder of Walsh Whiskey and creator of The Irishman Bernard Walsh said: “We have built a strong following for our Cask Strength vintages over the years, with many choosing to develop collections. The 2021 vintage has decadent notes of candied orange and cherries to the fore, while a subtle nuttiness builds slowly on the palate.”
The Irishman Vintage Cask 2021 is available in Travel Retail and a selection of countries including the USA, Ireland, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Japan, Poland, the UK and select Travel Retail outlets.
Each bottle is presented in a wooden cask, uniquely numbered, and with a dated certificate signed by Bernard.
An additional 750 bottles were added to the non-US markets assignment after the first batch of 1,500 were bottled and labelled. The numbers of the extended run of bottles run from bottle number 1,501 to 2,250.
On the nose, the whiskey offers notes of candied orange and cherries. The palate delivers a subtle nuttiness that builds slowly, along with hints of clove and nutmeg. The finish is described as decadent.
The 2021 vintage of The Irishman Vintage Cask is priced at €130/ US$140.
In November, The Irishman added an Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish whiskey to its Founder’s Reserve series. The Founder’s collection from the Walsh Whiskey brand comes from an interest in reviving 19th century recipes.