Glendalough Distillery Splashing in Boston this St. Patrick’s Day

Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey.

St. Patrick’s Day 2017 is upon us here in Boston which means one thing — watch where you step!

Boston has been growing as one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day destinations because of the deep Irish history across the city and surrounding areas. If a pub is on the radar, it’s here. If you just want to get sloshed with your friends, well, we’ve got that too.

All shit-facing aside, the holiday serves as an opportunity to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, our Irish community in the city, and some of the best whiskey you can get your hands on. This year, Glendalough Distillery, Ireland’s first craft distillery, is making an appearance at the bars of Citizen Public House and Tavern Road to give Bostonians a whole new style of Irish whiskey.

Founded by five friends from Wicklow and Dublin with a deep passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland, Glendalough Distillery has forged their own path to produce innovative spirits while staying true to the tradition and legacy of their Irish ancestors. Glendalough (meaning The Valley of Two Lakes) is a glacial valley nestled in the Wicklow Mountains renowned for its early medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin, a legendary monk and the man depicted on their bottle.

“We want to give people the chance to embrace their wild streak this St. Patrick’s Day,” said Glendalough’s USA Brand Manager Donal O’Gallachoir. “From the first sip, our whiskeys will stir your soul and lift your spirit. Our distillery was born out of an independent streak and built on the belief that standing apart from the crowd, making your own path, and being your own man is what makes for a life well lived.”

The 124 made with Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey, Luxardo Abano, Fee Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters, Demerara (photo attached). Made by bartender David Ratiu at La Brasa, Somerville, MA.

The Whiskey

Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
A new and unique style of light and floral whiskey distilled in a Coffey still from a standalone mash bill of locally grown and locally malted Irish barley and organic corn. The Double Barrel sucks the marrow out of two casks, spending three and a half years in American oak first-fill Bourbon barrels before being finished for six months in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. The Bourbon barrels impart deep, robust chocolate and caramel notes, while the Oloroso casks lighten the palate with fruitier notes and touches of nutty tones. With both barrels being oak, you get that beautiful vanilla thread you’d expect to run through an Irish whiskey. Ireland’s mild maritime climate plays its part too.The temperate winds that wash through her valleys give a gentle, sure aging, and The cold fresh Wicklow mountain water couldn’t be better for cutting cask-strength whiskey.

Glendalough Cask Aged Single Malt Irish Whiskeys – 7 Year & 13 Year
The Single Malt Irish Whiskeys use locally grown and locally malted Irish barley, with no smoke or peat in the malting process. These heavier double distilled whiskeys (distilled in a copper pot still) keep more of the base malt characteristics from the mash bill. They are aged in first fill bourbon casks to compliment the malt characteristics perfectly. The Single Malt Irish Whiskeys go back to the source of what made Irish whiskey great, reminiscent of the full, rounded and smooth Irish sing malts enjoyed by generations past. The whiskey is then cut with Wicklow spring water to 46% and non-chill filtered to create a taste and character that you would expect from this perfect sipping whiskey.

Boston Events

Embrace Your Wild Streak at Citizen Public House for a St. Patrick’s Day Warm Up with Glendalough Distillery
Thursday, March 16 @ 9PM
1310 Boylston Street, Boston MA
Glendalough USA Brand Ambassador Donal O’Gallachoir will be on-hand at Citizen Public House as bartenders serve up special Glendalough cocktails and flights. Serving the signature Red Legs cocktail made with Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice, Ango Amaro. Made by bartender Jace Sheehan. Red Legs (The cocktail name references the history between Ireland and the Caribbean. It’s a dark history, involving the British conquest of Ireland, that ultimately resulted in many Irish men and women becoming laborers in Barbados. The name “Red Leg” was given to the laborers in cane fields, as their legs would inevitably become red and bruised from the demanding work. Again, a dark history, but the cocktail includes both Irish whiskey and tropical flavors from the islands, as well as Amaro di Angnostura (Trinidad & Tobago).

Step into the Wild at Tavern Road with Glendalough Distillery
Saturday, March 18 @ 10PM
343 Congress Street, Boston MA
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations continue on Saturday, March 18 with a Glendalough Irish Distillery pop up event at Tavern Road. Glendalough US Brand Ambassador Donal O’Gallachoir will be on-hand as bartenders serve up craft Irish whiskey and wild cocktails such as boilermakers and the Irish Tea Soaked Tipperary.

The St. Kevin Sling.

Try it at Home

Barbara Lynch’s award winning bar entirely dedicated to the craft of the cocktail, blends time-honored techniques and the classic cocktails of the prohibition era with modern innovation and the very best artisanal ingredients. The illustrious Ezra Star has brought back the Sling… with the St. Kevin Sling using Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey. This is NOT a product for the Jameson drinker who loves slinging shots under neon lights. Glendalough Distillery and their products were born out of a fierce independent streak, much like St. Kevin who sits on every one of their bottles.

The St. Kevin Sling is:
1 ½ oz. Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
¼ oz. Grenadine
2 ½ oz. Soda Water
Built in a highball glass filled with ice, topped with orange bitters. Garnishes with a long lemon swirl filling the inside of the glass.

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