The Dingle Distillery, has announced the launch of the first expression from its new limited-edition Wheel of the Year series.
Dingle Samhain (50.5% ABV) is an Irish single malt whiskey, which was initially matured in first fill Bourbon barrels, before being finished for two years in first fill Muscatel casks.
The Celtic Wheel of the Year is divided into eight periods, likewise the new Wheel of The Year series is set to launch eight editions, following the rhythm of the seasons, equinoxes, and solstices.
Samhain, which marks the beginning of winter and the Celtic new year, is one of the four main seasonal fire festivals, named after the belief in the cleansing powers of fire.
Traditionally, after sunset, Samhain commenced with towering bonfires set ablaze in pairs and livestock were driven between them, believing that the smoke possessed cleansing powers.
In ancient Ireland, farming was the epicentre of people’s lives and hugely dependent on the seasons, thus the turn of each season was celebrated with great reverence – and still is to this day.
Commenting on the launch, Elliot Hughes, Managing Director at Dingle Distillery, said: “We are excited to reveal the Dingle Samhain Single Malt Whiskey, inspired by the ancient Irish celebration of Samhain. Celebrated in Ireland for over 2000 years as well as annually in Dingle and across the land, this release distils a core part of our heritage. This is the first whiskey in our new Wheel of The Year series and is steeped in the traditions of times past that we intend to honour and pay tribute to. We are proud to introduce this latest edition to our Dingle family and believe this limited-edition is one that whiskey lovers and collectors won’t want to miss.”
Limited to 10,000 bottles, Dingle Samhain, will be available later this month from the distillery website and specialist retailers in Ireland, for a RRP of €85.00.
Posted by Steve Rush