Thursday, July 08, 2021


Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd, has announced the launch of their latest Currach Irish single malt whiskey expression.

Currach - Atlantic Wakame Seaweed Cask (46% ABV) is a triple distilled Irish single malt whiskey, which was initially matured in first-fill American oak ex-bourbon barrels, before being finished in Atlantic Wakame seaweed charred virgin American oak casks.

Currach - Atlantic Wakame Seaweed Cask

This latest release from the brand which is the first to finish its whiskey in seaweed charred casks, follows from its inaugural Atlantic Kombu Kelp Seaweed Cask bottling in March 2020.

The same process has been used to create both expressions, the only variance being the seaweed used to char the individual casks. The flavours from both products are starkly different, yet are said to share the same single malt DNA while having distinctive sweet, savoury and maritime qualities of their own.

Wakame seaweed grows in the extreme lower shore on wave-battered rocks and in rock pools along the coast of Ireland. It grows in the winter months and is harvested in mid-spring/early summer when it is at its nutritional prime.

Commenting on the launch, Patrick Shelley, Founder of Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd, said: "Our vision with Currach was to create a single malt Irish whiskey inspired by the various elements of the Irish terroir. We are fortunate to have some of the best malted barley in the world and our coast yields an abundance of organic and sustainable seaweed. The union of these elements together in a whiskey is a world's first.”

Patrick, went onto say: “We were very encouraged by the success of our initial Kombu release which is now available in 20 countries, and wanted to let our consumers further discover the diversity of Ireland's maritime terroir with our Atlantic Wakame Cask." 

Currach - Atlantic Wakame Seaweed Cask, will be available later this month from specialist retailers in Ireland, for a RRP of €60.00.

Posted by Steve Rush