Monday 31 December 2012

Celtic Cask Dó 2001 Single Malt

Celtic Cask Dó (which means "two" in Irish) is the second of the Celtic Whiskey Shop's bottlings of whiskey under its own label.

Courtesy of New Graphic, designers of the label

Type:Peated single malt
Distilled:13th March 2001
Bottled:3rd December 2012
No. of bottles:349
Other:Not chill-filtered, natural colour
Cask No.:Cask No.8, Rotation VR11/03

The whiskey was initially aged for 10 years in a second fill bourbon cask from Heaven Hill distillery. In October 2011, this cask was emptied to fill an Ànima Negra Mallorcan red wine cask.

Ànima Negra was founded in 1994 and is owned by two self-taught friends who thought the wines of their native Mallorca weren't reaching their full potential. Using indigenous grape varieties, particularly Callet from select parcels of old vines, the wine is aged in new French oak for 18 months.

Tasting notes (from the Celtic Whiskey Shop):

Bronze in colour with a reddish hue.
Peat fires, old rope, sack cloth, beeswax, candyfloss and dried fruits.
Dry & bold on the palate with an instant punch of peat smoke. With time it becomes more sweet fruit dominated with flavours of dried fruits, red apples, orange peel and a hint of toasty oak.
The smoke persists right through to the finish along with some dry oaky flavours.