GSN Review: Dingle Single Malt Whiskey

After years in the making, Dingle Distillery is proud to announce the U.S. debut of its highly anticipated launch of Dingle Single Malt Whiskey, its first core expression.  Comprised of malt whiskey that has been matured in ex-Bourbon (39%), and PX Sherry Casks (61%), for six – seven years, the Dingle Distillery is a triple distilled, non-chill filtered whiskey bottled at 46.3% ABV.

“We are one of few distilleries in Ireland solely producing our own spirit – we don’t buy from or sell to other distilleries, and this exceptional quality is evident with the launch of our first core spirit.” says Elliot Hughes, Managing Director at Dingle Distillery. 

Dingle Master Distiller, Graham Coult, used first fill only casks to produce a richer flavor, while the sweetness from the Sherry casks helped to get the flavor in quickly, producing a full-bodied spirit.  

An initial run of 50,000 bottles of Dingle Single Malt Whiskey has been produced for domestic and export markets, with an ambition to produce 100,000 bottles per year by the end of 2023. Imported by Hotaling & Co. the Dingle Single Malt Whiskey is available in 15 markets as well as online via Reservebar.com, with an SRP of $100 per 750ml bottle.

GSN’s Remarks: Light in body, but rich with flavor, this Irish has a darker character than the more familiar brands on the market. There’s almost a flavor of woody mushroom or beef stock here, which we find peculiar. The Sherry cask adds a hint of sweetness, but not nearly as much much as we expected. Notes of tannin, dried leaves, roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate and pumpernickle keep things moving in a dark direction. A very different whiskey that leans toward the opposite end of the Irish Single Malt spectrum. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Dingle Distillery

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GSN Review: Dingle Irish Single Malt Whiskey, Pot Still Gin & Vodka

While Irish whiskey has become the darling of the spirits world, it wasn’t always that way. At the turn of the 21st century there were only 2 distilleries in Ireland – a far cry from the 100-plus distilleries in existence 200 years ago. Amongst the new generation of distilleries is Dingle, opened in 2012, southwest Kerry, Ireland. The Dingle Distillery was the first privately owned, purpose-built distillery to open in over 100 years in Ireland. And to this day, it remains one of the only distillers that sources grain, distills spirit, ages and bottles whiskey for its own exclusive releases. Dingle offers the flavors of Ireland in the form of Dingle Single Malt Triple-Distilled Whiskey Batch No. 3, Dingle Original Gin and Dingle Artisan Vodka, each produced in copper pot stills.

Dingle Whiskey is distilled using Irish malted grain in a timber mash tun, before being transferred into timber fermentation tanks (one of only two distilleries in Ireland at this time to process in this manner). Distillation takes place in three distinctive, hand-crafted Forsythes copper pot stills, which feature a unique design that incorporates a large boiling ball to encourage reflux, resulting in smooth, pure spirit. Dingle Distillery uses directly sourced casks, which they house for maturation in their facility (containing over 20 different cask types), located at the foot of the Dingle peninsular mountainous terrain. Baffled by mountains and the wild Atlantic, nature is left to run its course – continually maturing in the mild, moist climate of Ireland’s southwest coast.

Dingle Irish Single Malt Whiskey Batch No. 3 (93 proof)
Visual: Very pale gold.
Nose: Malt, grain, oak and a summery sheen of warmth.
Taste: More woody than expected, with hints of anise, cinnamon, and clove. The flavor is a bit rustic, but has a casual friendliness that no one would turn away.
Finish: Medium long, with some caramel and oak lingering.
Overall: An Irish that somehow manages to have a lot of American Single Malt characteristics. The higher proof does well to bring out more flavor from the minimum length of aging.
GSN Rating: B

Produced in Dingle’s own Copper Pot Still “Oisín,” Dingle Original Gin is a London Dry-style gin that features a unique character through its selection of locally foraged botanicals, including; bog myrtle, hawthorne, chervil and heather to provide a taste of Kerry’s landscape. Collected at 70% ABV and cut to 42.5% using pure water from Dingle’s own well 240 feet below the distillery, Dingle Gin is chill-filtered.

Dingle Pot Still Gin (85 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Heavy juniper and medium citrus.
Taste: Smooth and in the “London Dry” style, with perhaps a bit more orange coming through. Crisp, clean and lively.
Finish: Medium long with the juniper tending to fade agreeably.
Overall: A fine gin that will work with any number of cocktails. Recommended.
GSN Rating: A

Quadruple-distilled before a fifth distillation in Dingle’s Copper Pot Still “Oisin,” Dingle Vodka is produced in small 500-liter batches.

Dingle Pot Still Vodka (40 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Fresh, dry and crisp with a heavy minerality. Some slight vanilla.
Taste: Initially slightly sweet with a vanilla character, but it quickly is tempered by a chalky and dry flavor. The body is semi-creamy and viscous.
Finish: Medium, with most of the minerals tending to stay on.
Overall: A vodka with terroir and character. Don’t waste this in a mixed drink, this is perfect for sipping on its own.
GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Hotaling & Co.