The company behind the world’s most expensive whiskey, The Craft Irish Whiskey Co., has released a limited run of bottles from its award-winning ultra-rare whiskey portfolio, including The Devil’s Keep, The Brollach and The Taoscán Collector’s Edition. For the next six months, the portfolio will be available to purchase exclusively at Selfridges at both its London store and online at Selfridges.com.
The Devil’s Keep
Whiskey collectors and connoisseurs who missed out when it was first released will be able to find the previously sold-out and award-winning, The Devil’s Keep, at Selfridges, with a limited run of just 12 bottles will be available in-store and online priced at £12,400 each.
The Devil’s Keep is an ultra-rare, triple distilled, 29.9-year-old single malt whiskey. It was the company’s inaugural release, launched in December 2020, with only 333 bottles available and sold out in record time. Recently judged the world’s Best Irish Single Malt, this ultra-premium whiskey is also available by the glass in select Michelin-starred and upscale venues, including Alain Roux’s The Waterside Inn, Jason Atherton’s City Social and Pollen St Social, and Frog by Adam Handling.
Within three months of its launch, The Devil’s Keep achieved the world record for the most expensive inaugural whiskey release ever at auction at USD $60,000 (almost £46,000 and €51,000). It was also judged to be the world’s ‘Best Irish Single Malt’ at the World Whiskies Awards 2022 and made history in 2021 as the only spirit to have won the highest Gold at the prestigious A’Design Awards.
The Devil’s Keep was aged in 200 litres’ first fill’ American Bourbon oak casks, then finished in rare French Oak barrels that had once held Tawny Port before a final finish in Virgin Hungarian Oak, making it the finest whiskey that Ireland has ever created, and also a discerning and legacy investment.
The Devil’s Keep’s experience box also reveals two expertly engineered Érimón glasses, scientifically designed to remove the ethanol vapours that burn the nose and hinder the appreciation of the whiskey. Semi-precious obsidian whiskey stones, a 24k karat gold water pipette and an atomiser containing the essence of the whiskey captured by expert perfumer, Sarah McCartney, complete the perfect whiskey experience designed by The Craft Irish Whiskey Co.
With rare bottles of whiskey maintaining their place as the best performing collectable of the past decade, increasing in value by 478%, The Devil’s Keep has proven popular with collectors and whiskey lovers alike.
It will be joined by The Brollach, with a limited number of bottles available in-store and online priced at £5,900. Launched in June 2021, it was the company’s third release with a limited 661 bottles of ultra-rare, double-distilled, single malt whiskey, matured for two decades. It was aged in 200-litre American Bourbon casks, which adds a deep oaky flavour to the whiskey, and then finished in 128-litre rare French Oak Madeira barrels.
French Oak Madeira is made exclusively on the island off the coast of Portugal, and the 128-litre barrels achieve the perfect spirit ratio based on the flavour profile of the Madeira. As with all the company’s releases, the whiskey is tasted regularly rather than simply waiting for an age statement, allowing it to be bottled at its peak. Years of maturation have imparted honeysuckle, butterscotch and caramel flavours to create an unmistakably masculine and intimate whiskey, bringing a fresh, intense and potent profile.
Inside The Brollach’s oak experience box lies two Finn glasses, the result of 18 months of research and testing to create a whiskey glass that would enhance the whiskey by removing the ethanol vapours. As part of the perfect whiskey experience, the Nordic Oak box contains a silver and glass pipette, four obsidian whiskey stones and a vial of The Brollach, allowing whiskey connoisseurs to taste the rare Irish craft whiskey without opening the bottle.
In 2021, The Brollach won a top Master Medal at the Irish Whiskey Masters of The Spirits Business Awards, before then winning another coveted Master Medal in the Global Luxury Masters, which recognises and rewards exceptional luxury spirits from around the world.
A whiskey close to Founder Jay Bradley’s heart, it has been named after the O’Brollachans, the ancient rendering of the Bradley name, to represent their Irish heritage, lineage and craftsmanship. The Brollach is a celebration of Irish whiskey tradition since the Celtic nation was the originator of the ‘liquid gold’ from as long ago as the 15th Century.
The Taoscán Collector’s Edition
The Taoscán Collector’s Edition will also be available, limited to a small number of bottles priced at £1,200 each. For those who don’t want to break into their Collector’s Edition, the whiskey is widely available to drink in Michelin-starred and other prestigious bars, hotels, golf clubs, and venues across the UK and Ireland. These include Restaurant Gordon Ramsey, The Waterside Inn, Le Manoir and Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers.
The brand’s fourth launch, The Taoscán, was introduced in October 2021 and is the world’s first and only Port and Chestnut finished whiskey. This triple distilled, ultra-rare single malt was awarded Gold at The A’Design Awards 2022 and Silver at the World Whiskies Awards 2022 for Best Irish Single Malt across all age categories.
First distilled in 2006, The Taoscán takes its name from the original Irish word for a small measure of whiskey, much like the Scottish word ‘dram’.
It has been triple casked – first for 11 and a half years in Bourbon casks, followed by a further year and a half in Oloroso Sherry casks, before being divided between a wide range of barrels, including Tawny Port and Chestnut Casks for two years.
Regular tasting revealed that Port and Chestnut had reached perfection first, but in an experimental moment, the two were blended together to create a groundbreaking new whiskey and a world first.
The use of Tawny Port and Chestnut Casks is the first time a whiskey has been aged in such a way. While Scotch whisky can only ever be matured in oak, Irish distillers can use any style of hardwood cask and have more freedom to experiment with the flavour imparted by these casks. Nevertheless, no other Irish company has attempted this style before.
The result is a one-of-a-kind whiskey that is smooth and viscous, imparting banana and pecan scents on the nose, followed by rye spice on the mid-palate, with a medium to long finish of toasted chestnuts. The Taoscán Collector’s Edition experience box features two Finn glasses, which are scientifically designed to enhance the whiskey’s flavours, along with the copper and glass pipette, which delivers the optimum droplet of water to release the full complexity of its rich notes.
Jay Bradley (above), Founder of The Craft Irish Whiskey Co., commented, “For many years, Scotland has dominated whiskey through the sheer breadth and depth of its offering. There has always been a gap in the market for ultra-luxury Irish whiskeys. Born from a conversation with my late father, The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. has a single mission: to create the finest whiskeys Ireland has ever made and to redefine global perceptions of luxury while building a legacy.
“Less than two years since The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. introduced its first whiskey, as a business, we have succeeded in taking Irish whiskey into a new top-shelf, ultra-luxury category. We’re delighted to be able to share a limited run of some of our rarest, award-winning bottles from the original inaugural release. The range will be available exclusively at retailer Selfridges for whiskey lovers and connoisseurs to enjoy, amongst some of the top whiskey brands in the world.”
How to make a purchase
The Devil’s Keep, The Brollach and The Taoscán are available to purchase in-store and online at Selfridges whilst stocks last.
The Devil’s Keep will only be available through Selfridges, whilst the rest of the portfolio will be available at https://craftirishwhiskey.com/, as well as available by the glass in select venues across the UK and Ireland, including Alain Roux’s The Waterside Inn, Frog by Adam Handling and Jason Atherton’s City Social.
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