Hinch Craft & Casks Rye Export Stout Finish

What they say

Hinch “Craft & Casks”, is a partnership between our Distillery and Irish Craft breweries to create distinctly different beer barrel aged whiskies.

Our Rye Export Stout Finish uses casks which aged craft beers at the Kinnegar Brewery located in beautiful Co. Donegal and renowned for producing fabulous Rye craft beers. This whiskey is superbly enhanced with aromas of dark treacle, caramel & vanilla. On the palate dark cocoa, heavily roasted coffee & chewy toffee flavours shine through. Our whiskey was aged in the craft beer casks for a minimum of 12 months. A modern and bold move for the whiskey lovers proudly made in County Down.


What I say

Sampled during the #HinchDistillery Tweet tasting held in May 2021. This is produced from sourced 4 Year Old Irish Blended Whiskey omprised of 75% Grain and 25% Malt whiskeys is then finished in selected beer casks as part of Hinch’s Craft & Casks range – in this case Irish Rye Export Stout produced by Kinnegar Brewery located in Co. Donegal. The team at Hinch are using this to experiment with the effects of different beer casks to apply at a later date to their own matured whiskey.

  • ABV 43%
  • Age 4 Years Old
  • Bottler Hinch
  • Bottling Craft & Casks
  • Cask Rye Export Stout
  • Category Irish Blended Whiskey
  • Cost $42
  • Origin undeclared
  • Outturn 1500 bottles
  • Region Ireland
  • Released 2021
  • Vintage undisclosed

My tasting notes

  • Appearance Amber gold (8/20)
  • Nose Familiar, fresh, floral and fruity, mixed citrus zest, vanilla, milk chocolate, banana milkshake, apples, hint of nutmeg, praline mocha.
  • Taste Light-Medium Bodied, leads with caramelised malt, toffee, toffee poppets, nutmeg and pink peppercorn spice, hints of fruit and zest then light clove oil, liqourice
  • Finish Medium, earthy chocolate and coffee grounds persist.
  • Overall Another interesting and very different beer-cask finish from Hinch. The Rye Export Stout has imbued some earthy dark chocolate and coffee notes.

Score 82/100

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