Glendalough Distillery

The Glendalough Distillery was set up by five friends from Wicklow and Dublin  with a deep passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland.
In the 18th & 19th centuries there were over 200 licensed distilleries in Ireland and along with countless unlicensed ones produced diverse styles of poitín, whiskey, gin and even absinthe. Until recently that dropped to a small handful.
Glendalough Distillery is now part of a revival of this heritage. The idea behind Glendalough Distillery is to make innovative spirits while staying true to the tradition and heritage of our ancestors. Initially they started with the first ever spirit, poitín and since then have moved to whiskey and most recently the release of two seasonal, wild botanical gins.

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A single grain whiskey, aged first in American Bourbon barrels and finished 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.


The taste is a silky velvety smooth palate with the returning orange zest tones to the fore, with rich creme brulee and dark chocolate notes and just enough cinnamon and white pepper spice to keep it interesting, followed by the beautiful robust malt and oak influenced flavours, almost butterscotch, which mix wonderfully as the warmth expands through.


The taste jumps to the front with an intense vanilla fudge luxurious sweetness and almost rock candy mixed with touches of fruit – lemon citrus, peach and dried apricot. This is followed by deep spices; red peppercorn and light cloves. A truly velvety mouth feel that just hovers on the palate.


Glendalough has harnessed tradition, craft and heritage to capture a millennium and a half of distilling expertise in this ancient and notorious drink. It is carefully crafted from an old poitín recipe using the finest Irish sugar beets and malted barley. It is batch distilled and matured in virgin Irish oak. The result is a smooth but complex mix of malted barley sugars and toasted, woody flavours.


Glendalough has taken their Premium Poitín and introduced it to some Spanish sherry casks. It extracts some more depth of flavour with a now visible wood finish, and added touches of honey and raisin. The extra time in the pre-loved sherry cask oak brings the already smooth Glendalough towards a velvety mouth-feel with a crystal clear light amber color.


Glendalough only added a drop of water off the still to this spirit. With the same depth of flavor of the original, the strong, flavoursome Mountain Strength builds on the spicy and woody side of the taste profile. Take it with a drop of water for the real authentic feel, neat if you have the bottle, or into cocktails and mixed drinks for an extra kick.  Enjoy it for the “real experience” it offers, but be careful with this one.