For our first tasting of 2024, we are inviting Sir Maurice O Connell of Wayward Irish Spirits from his family home, Lakeview Estate at Lough Leane in Killarney to introduce us to his Liberator and Lakeview Single Estate whiskeys. Maurice is the great great great grandson of Daniel O Connell's younger brother James hence the brand name 'The Liberator.' Given that they only located in Killarney and are very welcoming to any callers, we have wanted to do a tasting with Maurice for quite some time now.
Founded in 2017, Wayward irish Spirits started as a bottler/bonder and bottled produce from both Cooley and Great Northern Distillery and indeed blended these two whiskeys together. Their first launch was in 2020 just before Covid and the lockdown arrived on our shores.
They now have an impressive stable behind them and are well known for their cask finishes which include port and moscatel. Some of these whiskeys are truly excellent and we will have a chance to try them on the night. They also grow their own barley which is then distilled into single pot still whiskey on site where it also matures.
We look forward to welcoming you all back to Dick Macks pub for what will be a really great way to start our dramming for 2024.
1. The Liberator Double Port abv 46%
2. The Liberator Malt Tawny abv 46%
3. Lakeview Single estate abv 46%
3a. Lakeview Single estate 5 year old Cask Sample abv 61%
4. FOIW Bottling: Hags Tooth Edition Grain in Ruby port abv 63.6%
5. FOIW Bottling: Bones Peak edition Malt in Tawny port abv 57.7%
6. The Liberator Port 'n' Peat experimental blend abv 46%