Shortcross Irish Whiskey makes history with inaugural release
Rademon Estate Distillery has announced the inaugural release of Shortcross Irish Whiskey following the filling of the distillery’s first casks of Irish whiskey in 2015.
A limited-edition release of less than 700 bottles of Shortcross Single Malt Irish Whiskey is now available for pre-sale.
This unique release is the first Irish whiskey to be wholly distilled and released by a new Irish whiskey distillery in Northern Ireland since the 1920’s and the first whiskey to be released outside of the Old Bushmills Distillery since the closure of the Old Comber and Coleraine distilleries.
This whiskey was double distilled on Rademon Estate Distillery’s original 450L copper pot still, which at the time was the smallest whiskey still in use on the island of Ireland.
Creating a distinct taste profile, in an industry first, the inaugural batch of Shortcross Irish whiskey has been matured fully in Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux Red Wine casks before being finished in chinkapin oak.
Unlike most whiskeys which are matured in traditional bourbon or sherry casks, this is the first time that this unique cask combination has been used in Irish Whiskey. These casks have delivered just short of 700 bottles for this inaugural release.
Shortcross Irish Whiskey has been fully matured for five years and is the first of the new wave of releases from new Irish Whiskey distilleries to carry an age statement on Irish whiskey that has been solely produced at their own distilleries.
In introducing this release, Co-Founder and Head Distiller, David Boyd-Armstrong said: “When laying down these casks of Irish Whiskey, we had a vision that we always wanted to create something unique for our first release.
“In doing so, we set ourselves a challenge of sourcing the right casks that would mature the newly created spirit to show case the unique flavours and aromas of the whiskey.”
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Fiona Boyd-Armstrong speaking on the release said: “This has been the combination of over ten years work in building a new distillery in Northern Ireland with the vision of creating exceptional spirits.
“As the first woman to found and operate a modern Whiskey distillery on the island of Ireland, this release feels like a significant chapter for both Rademon Estate Distillery and also the Irish Whiskey industry as a whole.”
2022 will see new releases from Shortcross Whiskey, including a blended whiskey release in the Spring. Shortcross Irish Whiskey* is now available to reserve exclusively via the Rademon Estate Distillery website:
*Shortcross Irish Whiskey
Our whiskey deconstructed
Release #: Inaugural
Number of Bottles: Less than 700
Distillery Name: Rademon Estate Distillery, Co. Down
Spirit Type: Double Distilled Single Malt
Still Type: 450L Copper Pot Still
Distilled by: David Boyd-Armstrong
Phenol Count: N/A
Release Date: December 2021
Age Statement: 5 Years Old
Chill Filtered: No
Caramel Colouring: No
Maturation Cask Type: W16/001 – Red Wine, Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux
W16/002 – Red Wine, Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux
Finish Cask Type: Virgin Chinquapin Oak, High Char
Barley Origin: Island of Ireland
Yeast Type: Pressed, M & MX
Water Source: Rademon Estate Aquifer
Fermentation Time: 100 Hours+
Cask Filling Strength: Still Strength ~67%ABV
Distilled: March 2016
Maturation Cask Filled: March 2016
Cask Filled by: Fiona Boyd-Armstrong
Vatting: October to November 2021
Bottled: November 2021
Maturation: Rademon Estate Distillery, Co Down.
Bottling: Rademon Estate Distillery, Co Down.