The path to achieving Irish whiskey renown may have taken a roundabout route, but for Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, the destination was never in doubt. Prior to the release of what would become two iconic whiskeys, they had been exploring the coffee-and-cream fringes of the Irish whiskey industry. The first was an Irish coffee mix in a bottle, and the second was a refined version of classic Irish cream. Fortunately for all of us, they had something more ambitious brewing.
With the launch of their flagship releases — The Irishman Whiskey, a premium blend of old Irish pot still whiskey, and Writers’ Tears, a spirit that combines single malt and single pot still whiskeys — they have garnered rave reviews. By paying homage to Ireland’s whiskey-making heritage, the distillery has distinguished itself by drawing inspiration from older recipes.
From its pastoral operation in County Carlow in southeast Ireland, the distillery is making waves by producing exceptional small-batch releases that use only premium ingredients. As Walsh adds its own innovative spin to the process, the distillery still insists on employing manual operations instead of automated ones and is winning a large and loyal following in the process.
From these early successes, the distillery has developed a hotly anticipated range of expressions, including The Irishman Founder’s Reserve, an award-winning old Irish pot still whiskey that blends single pot and single malt styles. The Irishman Cask Strength is a triple-distilled, limited-edition super-premium whiskey that’s aged in American oak, while The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Rum Finish adds a seam of island-inspired sweetness to the proceedings.
The distillery has also added a few chapters to the Writers’ Tears series, including the Writers’ Tears Copper Pot Cognac Finish, the Writers’ Tears Red Head, which draws its vibrant ruby hue from aging in sherry casks, and the limited-edition Writers’ Tears Cask Strength, a triple-distilled wonder that’s bursting with complex character.
Where will the path lead next for Walsh? If the journey so far is any indication, you’d be wise to keep following.