An Irish distillery and an Oregon brewing company have joined forces again on a new, cask-strength collaborative Irish whiskey.
It’s called the Clonakilty Father of All Tsunamis Stout Cask Finish Irish Whiskey.
This whiskey’s journey began with Pelican Brewing’s award-winning Father of All Tsunamis Imperial Stout casks. After emptied in Tillamook, Oregon, eight of these casks were shipped to Clonakilty, Ireland.
On arrival at Clonakilty Distillery’s Atlantic Ocean warehouse, these casks were filled with their Irish whiskey.
The distiller noted that upon interacting with the surrounding maritime environment, the spirit developed a distinct coastal influence as well as notes of bitter cacao nibs, roasted barley, espresso crema, and whispers of vanilla from its six months spent in its new found vessel.
As the whiskey came to age, 2,900 limited-edition bottles were filled at 52% ABV (104 proof) and began their journey back across the Atlantic to be distributed in liquor stores throughout Oregon.
Sean Scully, of Clonakilty’s founding family, said in a prepared statement, “As an independent distillery heavily focused on sustainability, it’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with a company like Pelican, who align with so many of our core values.”
He noted that, being such a “big” beer, the ex-stout casks that Pelican Brewing provided not only contributed the traditional stout characteristics to the whiskey, but also brought a creamy mouthfeel to the forefront.
Pelican Brewmaster Darron Welch spoke highly of the newly-released Irish whiskey, saying, “I just love how robust and rich the Clonakilty Father of All Tsunamis Stout Finish came out. The depth of flavor and rounded finish make for an incredibly satisfying dram.”
Clonakilty Father of All Tsunamis Stout Cask Finish Irish Whiskey is now available in Oregon liquor stores with a suggested retail price of about $70.