Saints Island is located on the eastern shore of Lough Ree in Newtowncashel parish, and is now connected to the shore by a narrow 1 km causeway. The first monastery on the island was built in the 6th century by St Ciarán, who later founded the monastery at Clonmacnoise.
Nowadays the island is a rich habitat and breeding ground for a diverse range of wildlife, and migrating birds in particular. The ruins of the 13th century Augustinian Priory of All Saints can also be viewed. It’s a peaceful and spiritual place, as befits the final resting place of generations of local folk.
6 ½ year old Single Malt matured in Bourbon and finished for 22 months in an old Amontillado Sherry Butt which was part of a solero for more than 30 years before we sourced it.
The sweetness from the Amontillado Dulce and the build-up of complex flavours from many years in a solera add considerable depth and maturity to this whiskey.
Nose: Ripe red apples, sweet sherry, and coffee cake.
Taste: Caramelised raisins and toasted hazelnuts, sweet figs, dark chocolate and espresso coffee.
Finish: Long with liquorice allsorts, dates and hints of cinnamon, clove and ginger.
Like all of The Bridge releases, this is a non chill-filtered whiskey with no added colour.