WhistlePig has joined forces with Darryl McNally and Limavady Irish Whiskey to fulfill his dream of creating the world’s first Single Barrel Irish whiskey. The addition of Limavady, alongside WhistlePig’s collection of rye whiskeys, marks the company’s expansion into a global craft portfolio.
WhistlePig will manage bottling and distribution of the whiskey under McNally’s direction, helping Limavady establish the Single Barrel Irish category, much the same way that WhistlePig has done with aged and experimental Rye. McNally will directly manage the production and innovation and will bring the Limavady story and spirit to life.
“We originally met Darryl at an industry event and then stayed in touch over the years. When we understood his desire to reimagine the category and learned of his plans to revive Limavady Whiskey, we jumped at the opportunity to partner with him,” says Jeff Kozak, CEO, of WhistlePig. “We visited Limavady and experienced the historic distillery grounds. While the brand draws its inspiration from the past, we are looking to the future of Limavady as Darryl takes Irish whiskey to the next level.”
Both WhistlePig and Limavady are super premium craft whiskeys that push the boundaries of what their respective categories are defined by. WhistlePig led rye in maturation and farm-to-bottle distilling, while Limavady will epitomize Single Barrel Irish Single Malt. WhistlePig believes Irish whiskey is a category that needs to stretch and break through stereotypes established by industry giants. It also feels Irish Single Malt, and moreover Single Barrel, deserves the same recognition as both Single Malt scotch and craft American Whiskey.
“I’ve been working in the Irish whiskey industry for a long time and reclaiming the Limavady whiskey name has been a long-held dream of mine, so finally bringing it to market is already a huge leap for me but teaming up with a visionary company like WhistlePig to do so makes it even more exciting,” says Darryl McNally, Master Distiller, Limavady Irish Whiskey. “Forward-thinking and not afraid to push the boundaries of innovation, WhistlePig is the perfect match for Limavady, and I couldn’t wish for a better partner in taking Irish Whiskey to new heights.”
Limavady is poised to begin selling in select markets throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland as soon as August. In the United States, Limavady will be distributed through WhistlePig’s existing distribution partners, which include Republic National Distributing Company, BreakThru Beverages and Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, and will be priced at $49.99 per 700ml bottle.
For more information on Limavady, head over to its official website.
For more information on WhistlePig, head over to its official website.
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