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Hinch Distillery launches unique whiskey cask release


Dr Terry Cross OBE and Aaron Flaherty, Hinch Distillery

Dr Terry Cross OBE and Aaron Flaherty, Hinch Distillery

Dr Terry Cross OBE and Aaron Flaherty, Hinch Distillery

Co Down’s Hinch Distillery has launched its An Chead Dún cask release which contains its first distillation of Irish single malt spirit.

The An Chead Dún cask release from Hinch Distillery contains their first ever distillation of Irish Single Malt spirit, using traditional Irish distilling methods combined with Hinch’s bespoke distilling techniques.

Through maturation in the finest American bourbon oak casks, this spirit will develop into an Irish whiskey over a number of years and will be sought after by some of the world’s most ardent whiskey collectors and connoisseurs.

An Chead Dún, which translates from Gaelic as ‘The First Down’, is the first single malt spirit and ultimately whiskey, to be released by Hinch Distillery. It will perfectly represent the brand’s core values and align with the distillery motto: ‘Distilled by the bold, character is everything’.

Only 161 casks will be made available in recognition of the origins of the 161-year-old Killaney Estate on which the distillery sits. Each cask can be secured for a price tag that reflects the very limited number of casks being filled and the exclusivity of becoming a member of a club with a maximum of 161 members.

Each cask owner will receive a rare, limited-edition gift presentation box containing a bottle of Hinch 18-Year-Old Single Malt and Château de la Ligne Grande Reserve wine, in addition to a small ‘memento bottle’ of the original spirit before it enters the cask.

Distilling has now commenced at Hinch Distillery which is a £15m project by local businessman, Dr Terry Cross OBE.

“What makes each whiskey unique is its individual interaction with the oak cask,” he said

“Traditionally, Irish whiskeys are often matured in oak casks that previously held other wines or spirits, in order to add new layers of flavour to the maturing spirit. Those casks may be reused many times but An Chead Dún whiskey will only be placed in ‘first fill’ casks.

“This means the wood will ultimately have a much greater influence on the final Irish whiskey in terms of both flavour and colour.

“An Chead Dún Cask presents a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to be a part of the very start of Hinch’s whiskey journey, one that is shaped by the past but building for the future, here in the heart of Co Down”.

The launch of the An Chead Dún cask programme coincides with Hinch Distillery’s recent opening which saw the ribbon cut on not just the distillery but a new visitor destination for both domestic and incoming tourism. Hinch whiskeys are inspired by the distilling traditions and skills exchanged over the centuries during the ebb and flow of Gaelic peoples across the Irish Sea.

The An Chead Dún cask is priced at £4,950. For more information on this distinctive and very limited cask offer, visit https://tinyurl.com/AnCheadDunCaskBrochure

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