Situated deep within the Carlow countryside, the Urglin Glebe House is over two centuries old and the headquarters of the Irish Whiskey Co. The company was founded by Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, who had previously owned a ski chalet in France and were in search of the perfect Irish whiskey with which to spike their famous coffee. Eventually, their search led them to opening up their own distillery.
The Irishman Small Batch Single Malt Irish Whiskey is crafted from Irish barley (the long summer days in Ireland, along with the mild and wet winters, are ideal for growing barley). After the barley has been malted, it is mashed and fermented before being distilled three times through copper pot stills.
Then, the whiskey is matured in a combination of American oak casks that were previously used to mature bourbon and European oak casks that were previously used to mature Oloroso Sherry. As a result, the whiskey has an aroma of dried apricots, peaches and tropical fruits. Notes of vanilla, sweet granola, toasted almonds and honey dominate the palate, and lead to a finish touched by malt and sweet oak.
The Irishman Single Malt Whiskey earned a score of 94 points from the Beverage Testing Institute, and the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.