Sally – Anne continued “We launched “The Whistler range “at Whiskey Live Dublin – 3 expressions of Irish single malt whiskey we have been aging and finishing in sherry Oloroso casks for the last two years– a 7yo 46% non chill filter , no colour / 7yo cask strength 59% non chill filter, no colour / 10yo 46% non chill filter , no colour. We will distil single malt and Irish pot still whiskey on site using 100% Irish barley. It will be aged in predominantly Bourbon but cask experimentation (rum, wine, fortified wines etc) will be practiced with a % of all stock also for special expressions”.
Boann Distillery is a family company, with a combined wealth of experience, including 40 years building the Gleeson Group from a small independent bottler to a company turning over €300 million p.a. The Cooney family understands what it takes to create successful, premium brands.
What is your background and role Sally – Anne? “I am the Marketing,PR and hospitality Director. I am a qualified accountant and spent years in the wine trade, most recently managing Gilbeys, Ireland largest wine company. My love of barrel maturation and experimentation comes from this. Our whiskeys will be crafted as Irish malt and pot still whiskeys. Irish pot still being uniquely Irish, came about with the introduction of the 1682 Malt Tax. To avoid paying full excise taxes on the whiskey, the Irish introduced unmalted barley to the mix. Using our own well water from the Boyne Valley we will mill, mash and distill on site. Our distinctive pot stills have been specially designed to maximise traditional methods and also use modern techniques, special reflux cooling jackets and patented nano copper technology. We will produce the purest spirit of great character —a contemporary spirit with a unique provenance. Maturation will all occur on site in our cellar and custom-built warehouse to produce a whiskey of distinct character with a real sense of place”.
Where are casks sourced? Bourbon barrels are sourced from USA. Sherry Oloroso casks from Jerez and we will also have special finish casks. We bottle in house, thus controlling the whole process from grain to glass. Whilst we wait for our whiskey to mature we will also be crafting a special gin, incorporating local hedgerow botanicals, from our small Bennett gin still. Once again a unique product linked closely to its’ place of origin.