Inny Bay is on the Longford/Westmeath border on the eastern shores of Lough Ree, in the heart of Goldsmith Country, close to Tang and Maghera. It’s where the The River Inny, a magnificent pike fishery, finishes its journey all the way from near Oldcastle in Co Meath, as it flows into Lough Ree.
This is a 13 year old Single Grain, distilled in Cooley Distillery. It’s limited to 314 bottles and bottled at 46% ABV.
This whiskey was first matured in a Bourbon cask for 9 years and 2 months, then Somontano wine cask for 15 ½ months before being moved back to first fill Bourbon cask for the remainder of its 13 year maturation. The Somontano cask is from a small family-run producer called el Grillo y la Luna in Barbastro, in the foothills of the Pyrenees in Northern Spain.
Opening with some vanilla and leaf tobacco, moving into intense strawberry and cherry aromas.
Juicy, fruity minerality, with lots of fresh strawberries, a hint of chocolate, and some fresh mint.
Dry, quite spicy with more red fruit and cracked black pepper.
This 13 year old Single Grain with a slight pink tint is fruity, fresh, quite unusual and very moreish. Like all of The Bridge releases, this is a non chill-filtered whiskey with no added colour.