Michael Collins Irish Whiskey Debuts 10 Year Old Single Malt
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the last independent, Irish-owned distillery in Ireland has unveiled a Michael Collins 10 Year Old Single Malt and an attractive new bottle for its classic blended whiskey. The 10 Year Old Single Malt is double distilled in small, long-necked copper pot stills from both malted barley and peated malted barley and then matured in bourbon casks for a minimum of ten years. The result is rich and complex with hints of ripe fruit, meadow flowers and peat, a medium dry finish and lingering light smokiness. A refined blend of malt Irish whiskey and grain Irish whiskey, Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey is double distilled for proper balance of purity and character and then matured in bourbon casks from four to twelve years. Aromas of honey, citrus and malt give way to a delicate balance of these flavors with a fresh oak finish.
Michael Collins Irish Whiskeys, named after the Irish national hero, are handcrafted at the Cooley Distillery in County Louth on Ireland's east coast. Recognized by Malt Advocate as "2010 Distillery of the Year" and as "European Distillery of the Year" for the last three consecutive years by the International Wine and Spirit Competition Awards, Cooley is the only distillery in Ireland to double distill their whiskeys and use peated malted barley. Made with locally harvested Spring barley, the whiskeys are distilled with pure local mountain spring water. "Michael Collins Irish Whiskey pays homage to not only Michael Collins but to Ireland's authentic whiskey making history and tradition" notes Bill Henderson, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Advertising at Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., which distributes the brand here.