Writers Tears Dick Mack’s Seaweed IPA Cask Finish
1. What they say
Unique Cask Strength Bottling finished in Dick Mack’s Seaweed IPA Yields 306 Bottles
27 May Webcast to discuss Writers’ Tears Seaweed IPA Cask Finish between Walsh Whiskey & Dick Mack’s
Carlow & Dingle, Ireland – 15th May 2020: Walsh Whiskey has released the second in a series of collaborative experiments with the legendary Dick Mack’s Pub & Brewhouse in the seaside town of Dingle in County Kerry, Ireland. Writers’ Tears – Seaweed IPA Cask Finish is a truly exceptional creation that brings together an old Irish whiskey recipe of Single Pot Still and Single Malt whiskeys, finished in a unique cask infused with the flavour of an 8% IPA beer laced with a seaweed harvest from the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
Commenting on the new collaboration with Dick Mack’s, Walsh Whiskey Founder Bernard Walsh said: “This time around we wanted to capture the unique flavours and influence of the harvested kelp seaweed, lashings of which were used in the creation of Dick Mac’s Seaweed IPA. Writers’ Tears is known for pushing the boundaries of creativity, and how better to showcase that than with the first Seaweed IPA Cask Finish that Irish Whiskey has ever seen.”
He added: “Dick Mack’s are known for their bold and innovative approaches to beer brewing and championing of Irish whiskey, as well as their legendary hospitality, so we knew this collaboration was a perfect match.”
Finn MacDonnell, Proprietor and Great-Grandson of Dick Mack, said: “We were delighted with the response to our first collaboration with Walsh Whiskey and jumped at the chance to work on another really unique expression together. Our Seaweed IPA brings the influence of the wild Atlantic Ocean to life and has created something special with Writers’ Tears, which we are proud to have been a part of.”
Bernard Walsh started this ‘spiritual’ adventure in 2018, when Finn mentioned Dick Mack’s newest creation – a Seaweed IPA. A barrel used in the creation of several batches of Dick Mack’s Tóg Bog É Seaweed IPA was sent on the 298 kms/185 miles cross-country from Dingle in County Kerry to Walsh Whiskey in County Carlow. Tóg Bog É (pronounced Toag Guh Bug Ay) is a Gaelic expression meaning ‘Take it Easy’ which has come to identify Irish people’s traditional outlook towards how best to live life.
Dick Mack’s Tóg Bog É Seaweed IPA was brewed with no less than 5 kilos/ 11 pounds of kelp seaweed harvested from County Kerry’s nearby Ballybunion Beach.
On Saint Valentine’s Day 2019 the barrel was filled with the award-winning Writers’ Tears – Copper Pot, triple-distilled, premium blend of Single Pot Still and Single Malt whiskeys and laid down for 14 months to finish. It was bottled naturally, non-chill filtered, at high strength.
The single cask (numbered ‘Batch 56’) has now yielded 306, individually numbered, bottles of Cask Strength (56.3%) super-premium whiskey. The Recommended Retail Price of this unique expression is €82/ US$89/ £72, however many bottles have already been snapped up by members of The Irish Whiskey Society and frontline workers of the Dublin Fire Brigade Whiskey Club. This unique expression is already a collector’s item.
The whiskey holds a colour of golden mustard and flavours of autumnal bramble apple, wrapped in a fragrant butterscotch, opening up to salted fruit syrup and liquorice on the palate. A creamy mouthfeel ascends, as though on the crest of a wave, lapping up gently with a dry earthiness.https://www.walshwhiskey.com/1374/seaweed-inspired-labour-of-love-brings-writers-tears-for-chosen-few/
2. Official tasting notes
- Nose: Deep butterscotch, autumnal/mature bramble apple
- Taste: Salted caramelised fruit sugar’s syrup, a touch of liquorice
- Finish: Creamy mouth feel
- ABV 56.3%
- Age NAS
- Bottler Walsh Whiskey
- Bottling Seaweed IPA cask Cask Finish
- Cask Beer cask
- Category Irish whiskey
- Cost €82
- Origin Undisclosed
- Region Ireland
- Released 2020
- Vintage Undeclared
4. What I say
Writers Tears Single Pot still whisky was the opener for the #WritersTearsWhiskey Tweet Tasting hosted by Steve Rush @thewhskywire on 22nd November 2021. The final expression of the tasting was a single cask bottling matured exclusively using an ex Seaweed IPA cask from Dick Mack’s Pub & Brewhouse in Dingle.
5. The Whiskyphiles tasting notes
- Colour Amontillado (10/20), numerous, slow-forming fine tears and legs.
- Nose Closed & neutral initially, hoppy, pine, tea tree oil, furniture shop, freshness from baked lemon and apples, nori sheets, honey, fresh linen, golden syrup.
- Taste Medium-bodied, sweet honey, lemon and icing sugar are joined by ground white pepper, becomes floral and soapy, eucalyptus, peppermint, copper, tea tree oil bordering on wintergreen.
- Finish Long, sweet, minty and herbal notes persist like the icing sugar dusted peppermint leaf on top of the richest chocolate torte you’ve ever had.
Another rather unique expression, definitely a cut above the standard Writers Tears expressions available. A touch overtly hoppy in places which I certainly enjoyed but really shines in the finish.
7. Score 84/100