Glendalough Distillery was set up in 2011 by a group of friends intent on emphasising the old craft nature of Irish distilling. The venture was able to draw on the expertise of its founders Barry Gallagher and Brian Fagan, drinks analysts working in finance, and Gary McLoughlin and Kevin Keenan, who had experience in drinks advertising.
While drawing their inspiration from heritage, they weren't shy about innovation. With the help of another craft distillery, they first released a poitín distilled from sugar beet and barley and matured in Irish oak casks in 2012. Poitín was the origin of the species, the original “water of life”. It’s Ireland’s gift to the world, one of the first spirits ever to be distilled, but the people at Glendalough have added their own twist. They now even have a version matured in sherry casks.
In 2013 they set up a distillery in beautiful Wicklow for themselves after purchasing a Holstein still from Germany. While they wait for their own stocks to mature, they have sourced whiskey from the Cooley Distillery in Louth, but again they've managed to make it their own through the maturation and blending. They currently have two single malts in their range, a seven-year-old and a 13-year-old, as well as an impressive single grain. Each bottle features the image of St Kevin, a sixth century hermit monk who founded a monastery in the valley of the two lakes.
A good sign that they're going places is the involvement of Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll. Always one to spot a gap, he invested €60,000 in the company in 2014. Indeed, the 13-year-old is a nod to the former Leinster and Ireland centre's jersey number for Ireland and Leinster.
This wonderful whiskey is initially matured in America Oak Bourbon Casks and finished in the Mizunar..
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Glendalough double barrel is a unique single grain Irish whiskey that has been aged in both ex-Bourb..
€37.00 Ex Tax: €30.08
An exceptional Single Cask whiskey which has been finished in a canteiro Madeira barrel. E..
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The Glendalough Pot Still was made from a 1:2 mash bill of malted and unmalted Irish barley, ma..
€55.00 Ex Tax: €44.72
A 17 Year Old Single Malt that was aged in ex-Bourbon barrels for the first 15 years before being tr..
€255.00 Ex Tax: €207.32
The first Irish Single Malt to be aged in Irish Oak — the Glendalough 25 Year Old. This limite..
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A 7 year old single malt from Glendalough distillery. Matured initially in American Oak Bourbon Cask..
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This superb release from Glendalough has been aged for 7 years and finished in porter beer barrels f..
€81.00 Ex Tax: €65.85
The first Irish whiskey release to be finished in Mizunara Japanese oak barrels. The initial maturat..
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This excellent whiskey from the Glendalough Distillery is matured in first-fill bourbon casks ..
€76.99 Ex Tax: €62.59
An impressive first release of single malt Irish whiskey from the recently formed Glendalough Distil..
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Originally matured in a first fill bourbon barrel before being transferred into a French oak calvado..
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The Glendalough Double Barrel Gift Set includes a 70cl bottle of Glendalough Double Barrel and 3oz h..
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Matured in a first fill bourbon barrel initially and then transferred into a Grand Cru Burgundy, Pin..
€59.00 Ex Tax: €47.97
This is a craft, small batch distilled Poitin from the newly created Glendalough Poitin company.&nbs..
€37.99 Ex Tax: €30.89
Made from both malted barley and sugar beet. Glendalough Sherry finish is matured first in virgin Ir..
€39.99 Ex Tax: €32.51