Thursday, October 07, 2021


Walsh Whiskey, has today announced the launch of a new limited-edition, Ice wine finished Writers’ Tears expression.

Writers’ Tears – Ice Wine Cask Finish (46% ABV) is a triple-distilled vatting of Irish single pot still and single malt whiskeys, which has been finished for 12 months in ice wine hogsheads.

Writer's Tears - Ice Wine Cask Finish

Writers’ Tears – Ice Wine Cask Finish, has been produced in collaboration with Inniskillin Winery in Niagara, Ontario, Canada’s original estate winery and leading producer of ice wine.

Walsh Whiskey founders, Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, visited the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, in January 2020, and worked with Inniskillin Winery and its then Head Winemaker Bruce Nicholson, touring the vineyard and sampling fermenting wines before selecting 12 hogshead casks originally coopered by the Berthomieu Cooperage (estd. 1906) in France.

The dozen selected hogsheads were disgorged of Inniskillin Icewine in March 2020 and shipped to Ireland where they were filled with Writers’ Tears Copper Pot in May that year. Checked at monthly intervals, the first Irish whiskey ever finished in ice wine casks was bottled 12 months later, in May 2021.

Commenting on the launch, Bernard Walsh, said: “I first tasted ice wine in 2011, so plans for this expression have been fermenting in my head for some time. With our core Writers’ Tears – Copper Pot expression we have a unique combination of predominantly spicy Single Pot Still married with Single Malt Irish whiskey. This core expression gets a whole new dynamic complimented beautifully by the intense natural sweetness imparted by Inniskillin’s show-stopping icewine.”

He went onto say: “When taking us around the vineyard, Inniskillin’s then Head Winemaker Bruce Nicholson (now retired) explained how they only harvest well-matured, thick-skinned Vidal grapes when the weather presents a window of opportunity between -8 and -14 degrees Celsius. Bruce’s ideal ‘sweetspot’ being -10 to -11 degrees.  Based on what we have produced, Inniskillin Icewine certainly contains that intense sweetness that can carry through in the wood to our whiskey.”

Limited to 3,500 bottles, Writers’ Tears – Ice Wine Cask Finish, will be available later this month in Ireland exclusively from the Celtic Whiskey Shop, ahead of rolling out in Canada and the USA in November.

Posted by Steve Rush