Premium drinks importer and distributer, Mangrove UK, has today welcomed multi-award-winning Clonakilty Irish whiskey to its portfolio of premium brands, in partnership with founders, Michael and Helen Scully.
The Clonakilty Distillery is definitely a family affair: the ocean and black Labrador loving Scully family have farmed their land on the southwest coast of Ireland for nine successive generations. Their Atlantic Coast warehouse perched on the cliffs at the edge of the family farm is where they mature and finish their whiskies.
The distillery by the waterfront in Clonakilty commenced distilling in 2019 and in its first year was awarded World’s Best Irish New Make Single Pot Still at the World Whiskey Awards 2020. They use their own barley from their maritime coastline to produce a triple distilled premium quality Irish single pot still whiskey.
The distillery’s cask finish series is made up of three expressions, all 43.6% alc / vol: 70cl
Double Oak – the flagship of the cask finish series, is one of the world’s first Irish whiskeys to be finished in a New Era of Cask (ex-red wine barrels from Bordeaux). Winner of the World’s Best Blended Irish Whiskey at the World Whiskies Awards 2020, and double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards 2019
Port Cask – received a silver medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2020. Part of Clonakilty’s cask series, this whiskey is made using a premium Irish malt and ten-year-old Irish grain, cut and finished in Port casks from The Douro Valley
Single Grain Bordeaux – a silver medal winner at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards 2019, the ten-year-old premium Irish grain has been gently cut and finished in selected Bordeaux casks
Michael Scully from Clonakilty Whiskey, said:
“As a genuine Irish Atlantic Ocean distillery, we feel our award-winning spirits offer a pretty unique experience for discerning consumers. We are excited to be working in partnership with Mangrove UK and expanding our offerings into the UK market.”
Nick Gillett, MD at Mangrove UK added:
“This is an amazing whiskey. The number of awards that the Clonakilty Distillery has won in just two years highlights the exceptional qualities of this whiskey. A perfect brand for the on-trade, we also expect demand on-line and for independent retailers to be strong.”
The flavours of Clonakilty Whiskey are shaped by its maritime environment – centuries of sea mist, soft rain and ocean spray provide a complexity to the soil that permeates through to each and every single grain. Fans of Clonakilty whiskey can visit the distillery and enjoy the £10 million Visitor Experience, facilities include private tours and tastings, a shop and restaurant. The distillery is a proud supporter of The Whale and Dolphin Conservation as well as being a member of Origin Green.
The distillery’s popular gin will also be available across the UK. Minke Gin is inspired by the Minke Whale, who swim off the Atlantic coastline. On the sea cliffs, the distillers sustainably harvest Rock Samphire; the unique botanical which gives Minke Gin its distinctive flavor. The base spirit is derived from whey, produced from the family’s 9th generation farm near Galley Head Lighthouse.
Clonakilty Irish Whiskey retails from £45.25 RSP / 43.6% alc / vol / 70cl.
Minke Gin retails from £36.95 RSP / 43.2% alc/ vol / 70cl