Berry Bros. & Rudd has added an Irish whiskey to its spirits portfolio. Gaelic for ‘heart of the peat bog,’ Craoi na Mona (pronounced Cree na Mona) is an aged single malt Irish whiskey that has been finished in peated casks.
Doug McIvor, spirits expert at Berry Bros. & Rudd who created Craoi na Mona, said: “Though peat has traditionally been used in the drying of barley in both Ireland and Scotland, finishing is another recognised way of imparting those characteristic smoky flavours. After the whiskey was matured for 10 years in American Oak casks it was shipped from Ireland to Scotland where it spent a few short months in casks that had previously matured heavily peated Islay malt.
“To be honest, we weren’t completely sure what the outcome would be, but now it’s done I can say we are all categorically pleased with the results.”
The whiskey joins other Berry Bros. & Rudd spirits brands, including No.3 Gin, The Kings Ginger Liqueur and whiskies from Speyside distillery The Glenrothes. Following the recent decision to bring distribution of the Berry Bros. & Rudd spirits portfolio in-house, the Craoi na Mona and the rest of the range will be distributed to the on and off-trade via the company’s wholesale business, Fields Morris & Verdin.
Craoi na Mona Single Malt Irish Whiskey, 10 Year Old (46%) 70cl (RRP £54.95)
Nose: Good hint of peat. Charred wood and some burnt grassy notes – flowers, bracken and ferns. Gentle notes of yellow fruit and lemon meringue, sugared almonds and some rhubarb.
Palate: Very smooth with some sweetness building to control the peat-smoke and medicinal notes. Peaches and cream, orange citrus and rosehip.
Finish: Relatively long, smooth and very moreish.
Cask type: Finished in ex-Laphroaig casks
Other: Unchill-filtered and natural colour
Craoi na Mona Irish Malt Whiskey is available to buy online and in store through Berry Bros. & Rudd or via Fields Morris & Verdin.