Killowen Latest Release – Signature Rum & Raisin is a vatting of single malts from Dark Rum & PX sherry casks – 5-year-old, Single Malt, 55%
Killowen Dark Rum offers notes of rich molasses and tropical fruits whereas the rich PX sherry casks provide abundant raisin and dried fruits amidst the backdrop of the famous apples and pears often found in the sourced distillate. The playful name is a nod to the cask choices and the beginning of a signature release that will be replicated in varying forms.
This is a sourced whiskey release from Killowen, having selected a handful of casks from a distillery in the neighbouring County of Louth which is clearly mentioned on the bottle. Killowen have now launched themselves into the single malt scene after extensively exploring blending and finishing in their previous Bonded Experimental Series.
The vatting of these casks will be carried out in batches, normally 200 litres and 120 litres, allowing for slightly more bottles per batch than previous releases.
The Rum & Raisin is presented in a new bottle type, and with a beautiful new labeling design: cork and tamper seal. This means that the wax seal will be kept for future releases outside of this particular signature style. The luxurious Rum & Raisin is the beginning of an evolving family of releases that will continue from sourced liquids into Killowen’s own distillate.
OFFICIAL TASTING NOTES:
NOSE: A burst of fresh apple Juice along with black-strap molasses and a generous helping of warm Christmas pudding.
PALATE: Sweet & Juicy large green apples along with dark sugar. A range of dried fruits such as raisins, sultanas & figs. All of this with heavy old-style dark rum as a backdrop and then a late arrival to the tropical Caribbean, with Coconut and Vanilla molasses.
FINISH: Caramelised demerara sugar with toffee apple or candy apple. Red apples this time instead of the green ones earlier on, with a stand-alone note of ground almonds towards the end before a dollop of Christmas cake to finish.
Continuing with the discipline of Killowen Distillery, all bottles are at high strength and there has been no chilled filtration or added colouring. The spirit has come straight from the cask to the bottle, and is high in alcohol content. The virgin Cask is lightly charred and so the unfiltered spirit is relatively free of char this time.
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