Exclusive 26-year-old Midleton Single Cask Irish Whiskey launched in partnership with iconic Fermanagh pub
Pictured L-R: Brian Brown, managing director, Dillon Bass; Pat Blake, owner of Blake’s of ‘The Hollow’; Joanne O’Hagan, marketing manager, Dillon Bass; Michael Colton, territory sales manager, Dillon Bass and Billy Leighton, master blender of Midleton at the launch of an exclusive 26-year-old Midleton Single Cask Irish Whiskey.
Renowned for its traditional Irish heritage, one of Fermanagh’s oldest pubs Blake’s of ‘The Hollow’ has partnered with drinks company, Dillon Bass to release an exclusive Midleton Single Cask Irish Whiskey.
26-years in the making, the limited edition Midleton single cask release was hand selected by Midleton’s Master Distiller Brian Nation in collaboration with the iconic pub’s owner Pat Blake.
Bottled exclusively for Blake’s, this single cask showcases the quality of the single pot still style Irish Whiskey synonymous with the Midleton distillery. As is the age-old tradition of crafting Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey in Midleton, this whiskey has been distilled in traditional copper pot stills from a mash of both malted and unmalted Irish barley.
Irish whiskey has been enjoying a huge revival and is the fastest growing spirit category in the world. Billy Leighton, master blender for Midleton Distillery, believes this specially produced single cask whiskey will be popular amongst both traditional and modern whiskey-lovers.
Commenting on the launch of the new single cask expression, he said: “The Midleton brand name is synonymous with excellence in craftsmanship and this single cask release allows us to further showcase the quality of the single pot still style to whiskey connoisseurs, who eagerly anticipate opportunities to taste Midleton whiskeys.
“This single-cask Irish whiskey is a single-pot distillate made from malted and unmalted barley, put through Midleton’s copper pot stills three times and left for 26 years to mature in a first fill Bourbon barrel. Midleton Single Pot Whiskey is part of the rejuvenation of the popular style of whiskey to its former glory.”
The Victorian bar in the Blake’s complex, nestled in the hollow of Church Street in Enniskillen, dates back to 1887, and has been described as one of the great classic pubs of Ireland.
Proudly serving visitors and locals alike for well over a century, Blake’s has a long and rich heritage when it comes to Irish whiskey. Like many other traditional Irish pubs, they bottled their own whiskey right up until the 1960s, with ‘white label’ bottles bearing the brand’s name and logo alongside the licensee’s name. Today, Blake’s continues to stock an extensive range of classic Irish whiskeys in its bars.
Commenting on the release, Pat Blake from Blake’s of ‘The Hollow’ said: “Blake’s is one of the oldest pubs in Co. Fermanagh, with visitors and locals gracing our doors for over 125 years. Irish whiskey has always been a passion for us, and we’ve seen an uptake in interest from a whole new generation of whiskey-lovers over the last number of years.
“There is a proud history of whiskey bonding at Blake’s and releasing an exclusive Irish whiskey in partnership with an iconic brand like Midleton has been a life-long dream of mine. I love that I have been able to fulfil this dream with a collaboration with Midleton and Brian, Billy and the team at Midleton Distillery. I’m very much looking forward to hearing what our customers think of this release and I will definitely be raising a toast to this very exciting project.”
The Single Cask Midleton Whiskey retails at £690 per bottle and is exclusively available exclusively at Blake’s of ‘The Hollow’ in Enniskillen.