Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Irish craft spirit producer Origin Spirits, has announced the launch of the first whiskey to be finished in Irish seaweed charred casks.

Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey - Atlantic Kombu Cask (46% ABV) is triple distilled and matured in ex-bourbon casks before being finished in Atlantic Kombu seaweed charred virgin oak casks.

Currach Single Malt Whiskey - Atlantic Kombu Cask

This inaugural Currach release, takes its name from the traditional Irish boat made from wicker, animal skins and tar. It is one of the oldest types of boat in the world, possibly going back to Neolithic times.

The Currach is said to be the vessel used by Irish monks to discover the world and bring back religious artefacts and foreign technology, such as the alembic, to Ireland. It was used to transport whiskey across the Irish sea to Scotland (first exports of Irish whiskey), and is still used today to harvest seaweed in Ireland.

The Atlantic Kombu seaweed is traditionally charred in small batches inside virgin American oak casks to impart a delicate and uniform umami fragrance into the wood. Once ready, these casks are filled with single malt Irish whiskey and allow to finish for three months. The result is said to be a magical fusion of two terroirs – land and sea.

Commenting on the news, Patrick Shelley, Founder of Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd, said: "Our vision on Currach was to create a single malt Irish whiskey based on various elements of the Irish terroir. Our land produces some of the best malted barley in the world and our seas yield wonderful organic and sustainable seaweed. Never before have these two elements been brought together in a whiskey and we are proud that this is a world's first". The union of land & sea has become the backbone of Currach, and gives it such a uniquely rich, multi layered and complex character.”

Origin Spirits drinks portfolio, also includes Kalak Single Malt Vodka and Ornabrak Single Malt Gin.

Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey, is now available from selected specialist retailers in Ireland, for a RRP of €55.00.

Posted by Steve Rush