This 13 Year-Old Single Grain whiskey is finished in Alligator Char New Oak and represents the third release in Roe & Co’s Cask Strength series, a series which reveals the DNA of blended Irish whiskey.
Opting for Single Grain for this edition, when the Roe & Co team bottled the core 106-blend for 2019 (a blend of rich malt whiskey and the smoothest of grain whiskey aged in Bourbon casks), it was a natural fit to release a unique Single Malt in 2020.
Now followed by this special release, Cask Strength 2021 celebrates backbone and makeup of the original Roe & Co 106 blend.
The grain in this Cask Strength 2021 is matured for 13 years and has been specifically chosen to finish in unique casks to heighten and develop the flavours that already exist in Grain whiskey.
The Alligator Char New Oak casks used have been heat-treated to such an extent that the wood resembles the texture and graphic of Alligator skin. This charring treatment has been applied to New Oak, drawing all the caramelisation and texture to the surface area of the Oak wood which then goes on to influence the character of the spirit laid in the casks. This results in its complexity and depth of flavour. Roe & Co Cask Strength 2021 is laden with ripe fruits and Banana, calling back to the DNA of the 106 blend.
“What makes Cask Strength so interesting is the raw DNA of the whiskey,” said Lora Hemy, Head Distiller at Roe & Co, “When you taste this blend, it’s as if you’re sampling it straight from the cask.”
Roe & Co’s Master Blender George Harper added, “When developing Cask Strength 2021, we wanted to shine a light on the true DNA of the original Roe & Co 106 blend with the Single Grain component.
“Different malts and grains all bring their own unique flavour characteristics; as such each have their own positives and make up important building blocks to a blend. The carefully-selected Single Grain casks we use are picked for their exceptional flavour and style.”
This newest innovation was recently awarded Gold in DB & SB Autumn Tasting 2021.
Roe & Co Cask Strength 2021 is perfect served neat, over ice, or in Roe & Co’s exciting reinvention of a classic Bobby Burns cocktail. It joins a line of innovations from the brand since its inception in 2017, including the recently launched Roe & Co Japanese Sugi.
Roe & Co Cask Strength is available for shipment across RoI and NI through