Following the glowing reception and success of the 2020 release of the first ‘Five Elements’ 18 Year-Old Malt, Master Distiller Noel Sweeney has unveiled his latest expression of the series, limited to just 1,500 bottles.
The ‘Five Elements’ comprise:
- a single distillery source
- two types of Oak maturation – American White Oak and European Oak
- four different finishing casks: Oloroso Sherry, Pedro Ximenez, Marsala and Muscatel
- five styles; Oloroso Sherry, Pedro Ximenez, Marsala, Muscatel and Bourbon casks
- the globally-recognised touch and blending expertise of Master Distiller Noel Sweeney.
This latest addition was launched recently at the Fercullen VIP Garden at Taste of Dublin 2021. Guests were treated to a sample of this Special Edition which was received with rapturous praise from the writers, whiskey influencers and media in attendance.
The 20 Year-Old Single Malt whiskey is a marriage of five different cask styles, expertly combined by Noel Sweeney to form a genuinely complex and distinctive whiskey. Noel’s experience has been applied to ensure that different proportions of each style lend balance and expression to each of the Five Elements within this 20 Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey.
Sixteen Year-Old Bourbon barrel matured malt whiskey has been finished for four years in a variety of Oloroso sherry, Pedro Ximenez, Marsala and Muscatel casks before marrying together with 20 Year-Old Bourbon matured Single Malt.
“For our 2021 release of the ‘Five Elements’ I wanted to further develop the inimitable composite expression standards set in our first release of Five Elements,” said Noel, “Selecting rare 16 Year-Old single malt whiskey stocks and carefully decanting into Oloroso Sherry, Pedro Ximenez, Marsala and Muscatel casks – these characteristics were infused over four years. This liquid was then married with 20 years-old Bourbon barrel-matured single malt in the perfect proportions to create a genuinely complex, flavoursome and special whiskey.”