Over fourteen centuries ago, Ireland was a wild and primitive place and distilling was alchemy. Kings from across Europe would write to Irish monks asking for a batch of the good stuff.
Traditionally made from malted barley, sugar beet and potatoes. Distilled with expertise, reverence and craft, distillers reputations were made or broken on the quality of their spirit, using various styles and methods.
Over the next few hundred years it lived in whispered infamy between chancers, bowsies and divils. Amongst winks, nods and backhanders. Until now. Glendalough heralds a renaissance in poitín distilling and brings it back towards its rightful place as an expertly crafted spirit with a long shadow and a unique history.
Slight in nature and might fool you. If you didn’t know better you might sense a faint Riesling fragrance, no less. Oak, berried fruit, gooseberries and blackcurrants are in there. Our Mountain Strength holds true with that extra headiness of the high alcohol. Where as a slight zest of orange and blueberry sweetness comes through in the Sherry Cask Finish.
The two ribbon lakes, created by the gouging of a glacier, gave the valley its name. When the valley was formed in the last ice age, great deposits of earth and stone were strewn across the valley in the area where the Round Tower now exists.