Ireland's Dingle Distillery has marked a major milestone with the launch of its first core whiskey expression.
The triple-distilled, non-chill filtered Dingle Single Malt will be available domestically and for key export markets including the UK, Poland, Germany, France, China and the US.
The whiskey comprises predominantly six to seven-year-old spirit that has been matured in Pedro Ximénez sherry (61 per cent) and Bourbon (39 per cent) first-fill casks.
Some 50,000 bottles have been produced so far, with the distillery aiming to produce 100,00 bottles of Dingle Single Malt - and half a million bottles across its whole portfolio - by 2023.
Elliot Hughes, managing director at Dingle Distillery, said: "Quality has always been at the heart of our DNA at Dingle Distillery and that remains the case with our Single Malt launch. We are one of few distilleries in Ireland solely producing our own spirit - we don't buy from or sell to other distilleries.
"This new core expression will provide the opportunity for the distillery to grow. By adding significant volume to our business, we can open up new markets and broaden our appeal to attract a new type of customer."
Graham Coull, master distiller at Dingle Distillery, added: "Cask quality is hugely important in the production of our Dingle Single Malt, and a key point of differentiation. We only use first-fill casks to produce a richer flavour, while the sherry casks with their sweetness help to get the flavour in quickly, providing good body to the liquid."
Dingle Single Malt (46.3% ABV) is available to purchase at dingledistillery.ie, irishmalts.com, Celtic Whiskey Shop and major online retailers worldwide (RRP €55.00 for a 70cl bottle).
20 May 2021 - Bethany Whymark