There’s a tinge of sadness to this latest release but it’s also a form of celebration. Our good friends and fellow Longford drinks producers, St Mel’s Brewing Company in Longford town unfortunately closed up towards the end of last year. Like several other Craft Breweries and food businesses across the world, their distribution suffered in the wake of Covid and this was combined with unsustainable increases on energy and all input costs.
If you want to maintain diversity and innovation in the food & drink sector and help prevent more small producers going the same way, then when you have a choice, please consider supporting Independent producers, the big brands will be ok. Your choice will make a difference.
We had a series of beer casks in the works with St Mel’s and we’ll continue to release these by way of celebration of what Liam and Eoin achieved in putting Co Longford on the map for high quality drinks.
6 year old Single Malt from Great Northern Distillery, finished in a St Mel’s Brown Ale Cask and bottled at 43% ABV. Non chill-filtered and Natural Colour.
We loaned an ex-whiskey cask to St Mel’s Brewery to mature a limited edition of their highly regarded Brown Ale. As soon as the cask was emptied of ale, it was brought to Lanesborough and filled with 6-year-old, double distilled Single Malt Irish Whiskey from Great Northern Distillery, which had previously been matured in a first fill Bourbon Cask for 6 years. Lough Ree Distillery finished this whiskey in the beer cask for 11 weeks, prior to it being disgorged and cut to 43% ABV for bottling.
Nose: Tropical fruit combines with sweet chocolate and malt.
Taste: Soft with malt, milk chocolate, brown sugar, melon and a hint of citrus.
Finish: Fruity and sweet with milk chocolate.
The sweet chocolate, caramel and malt flavours in St Mel’s Brown Ale really compliment the Whiskey. There’s a nice fruitiness and sweetness, making the overall impression just like a fruit and nut chocolate bar. A lovely easy-drinking and moreish whiskey.