Roe & Co Irish Whiskey has announced the launch of its latest innovation, Roe & Co Cask Strength 2021 Edition.
The 13-year-old Single Grain whiskey is finished in Alligator Char New Oak and is the third release in Roe & Co’s Cask Strength series, a series which 'reveals the DNA of blended Irish whiskey'.
Opting for Single Grain for this edition, it aids us to deconstruct the story of blended whiskey, the company said.
When the team at Roe & Co bottled the core 106-blend for 2019, a masterful blend of rich malt whiskey and the smoothest of grain whiskey aged in bourbon casks, it was a natural fit to release a deliciously unique Single Malt in 2020, it added.
Lora Hemy, head distiller at Roe & Co Irish Whiskey said, “What makes Cask Strength so interesting is the raw DNA of the whiskey."
"When you taste this blend, it is as if you’re sampling it straight from the cask," she said.
According to the whiskey maker, the grain in Roe & Co’s Cask Strength 2021 is matured for 13 years and has been specifically chosen to finish in unique casks to heighten and develop the flavours that already exist in grain whiskey.
"With the 2021 Cask Strength edition, we’ve chosen to finish this Irish grain in a particularly interesting and unique cask," Hemy noted.
"The grain is well matured and been specifically chosen to finish in these casks to heighten and develop the flavours that already exist in grain whiskey," she added.
Alligator Char New Oak Casks
The Alligator Char New Oak casks used have been heat treated to such an extent that the wood resembles the texture and graphic of that similar to the skin of an Alligator.
This charring treatment has been applied to New Oak, drawing all the caramelisation and texture to the surface area of the Oak wood, which then goes on to influence the character of the spirit laid in the casks, Roe & Co said.
This results in a complexity and depth of flavour, bringing notes of smoky vanilla pods, wood spice and toffee sweetness to the nose, layered with Jamaican gingerbread and panna cotta, finished with notable hints of white pepper.
Roe & Co Cask Strength 2021 is 'laden with ripe fruits and banana, calling back to the DNA of the 106 blend.'
George Harper, master blender for Roe & Co added, "Different malts and grains all bring their own unique flavour characteristics, as such each have their own positives and make up important building blocks to a blend.
"The carefully selected Single Grain casks we use are picked for their exceptional flavour and style. With this release we want to highlight and showcase the Grain and the backbone in our 106 blend,” he concluded.
Priced at €74 per bottle, Roe & Co Cask Strength is available for shipment across ROI and NI.
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