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The Pogues Irish Whiskey

7th August 2015

West Cork Distillers launch The Pogues Irish whiskey.

West Cork Distillers, one of only three independent whiskey distilleries in Ireland, has launched an Irish whiskey inspired by and developed in conjunction with internationally acclaimed band, The Pogues.

A collaboration between two of the worldís most renowned distillers, Barry Walsh and Frank McHardy, the whiskey is a blend of grain and 50% single malt Irish whiskey making it Irelandís highest malt-containing blended Irish whiskey.

"We wanted to create an Irish whiskey with global appeal, which isnít without its challenges," says John OíConnell, co-founder of West Cork Distillers. "The Pogues offer a perfect partnership as they share many of the same values as our company such as an independent spirit, a slightly unorthodox approach and a commitment to quality, as well as success on the international stage."

Commenting on the partnership, The Pogues say: "Itís been brilliant working with such experts to come up with a whiskey that we all think reflects our spirit and that we all like the taste of. Itís wonderful to add to the ranks of great Irish whiskeys and we hope it stands the test of time."

Bottled at 40% ABV, the producers tell me the whiskey has an aroma of malt, cracked nuts, almond and a slight sweetness and its smooth intensity delivers a palate that is malty and floral with a mild chocolate taste and lingering citrus

The whiskey is aimed at the younger audience of 25 to 35 year olds and the distillery is also working with more than 16 partners in places such as Europe, Australia, Japan, USA and Canada to establish The Pogues Irish Whiskey as a global brand.
The whiskey will be sold in the UK for an RRP of £30.

Being a fan of The Pogues who were known to enjoy a whiskey or two and having seen them perform live in Glasgow on a few occasions back in the 1980s, I couldn't mention The Pogues and whiskey without showing this classic performance of "Streams of Whiskey" recorded live on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test and just for entertainment introduced by Scottish comedian Gregor Fisher

The Pogues Irish whiskey will be available here in the UK from selected specialist whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange with an RRP of £30

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