Monday, July 09, 2018


Walsh Whiskey Distillery, has announced the launch of the second expression in its Irishman Founder’s Reserve Cask Series.

The Irishman Founder’s Reserve - Caribbean Cask Finish (46% ABV) is a blend of single pot still and single malt whiskeys, finished for 6 months in St Lucian Chairman’s Reserve Rum casks.
The Irishman Founder's Reserve - Caribbean Cask Finish

In recent years, as part of his research into new cask finishes for his portfolio of whiskeys, Walsh Whiskey founder, Bernard Walsh, has sourced casks from a range of countries including Spain, France, China, USA and Italy. This limited edition, of just 12 casks, began in 2014 when he made the trip to the island of Saint Lucia in the West Indies in search of rare casks.

The Irishman Founder’s Reserve, is distilled entirely in copper pot stills and Bernard’s journey took him to visit the famous St. Lucia Distillers (established 1932) where they also use copper pot stills to distil their rum. While there, Bernard handpicked 12 oak casks and he chose to age them in St. Lucia Distillers’ iconic Chairman’s Reserve Rum for a minimum of 2 years from 2015. The casks were subsequently brought to Ireland in the autumn of 2017 and used to finish a batch of The Irishman Founder’s Reserve for 6 months.

Commenting on the launch, John Kelly, Commercial Director at Walsh Whiskey Distillery, said: “St. Lucia Distillers, who produce Chairman’s Reserve Rum, are renowned as a prestigious operation first established and run by the Barnard family for almost 90 years. Bernard was confident that he would be able to select from a high-quality stock of well cared for casks imbued with a classical rum flavour. This Caribbean Cask Finish release will complement our highly successful ‘The Irishman Founder’s Reserve - Marsala Cask’ finishes of 2017. We hope the lucky few who secure bottles will enjoy this unique whiskey which is characterised by tropical fruits and spices.”

The Irishman Founder’s Reserve - Caribbean Cask Finish, will be available later this month from specialist retailers. RRP (tbc).

Posted by Steve Rush