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Two new Irish Whiskey’s which were distilled, matured and bottled at Rademon Estate Distillery

Rademon Estate Distillery was founded by husband and wife team David and Fiona Boyd-Armstrong, and were the first new distillery in Northern Ireland in over 100 year’s to release their own whiskey. Renowned for their multi-award winning Shortcross Gin, they have followed up with some innovative, quality whiskeys. Today they extend their offerings with the release of two exciting new Irish whiskeys.


Founders Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong


The first new expression is the Shortcross 7 year old Cognac and Orange Liqueur Cask Single Malt Irish Whiskey. A whiskey whose journey began in early 2016 when the distillery secured its first batch of peated malted barley. This malted barley was then mashed, brewed and double distilled on-site.

Shortcross Single Malt 7 Year

Rademon are the first distillery in Northern Ireland to produce peated Irish whiskey in over two generations, Director of Distilling & Blending David Boyd-Armstrong describes the journey to get to that point as quite an adventure,

“When we first approached our malt suppliers with a request for peated malt they each in turn told us that we were crazy, that’s not what you want to be doing, and that no one wants peated or smoky Irish whiskey. Of course, the irony now is that peated or smoky Irish whiskey is one of the hottest areas of the category.”

Distilling the peated malted barley was one thing but then David wanted to use a cask no one had used before in the Irish Whiskey industry. David explains,

“Speaking to several of the cooperages that we use we told them that we were seeking a cask type that would be distinctive and unique and while they suggested several different types I notice something that they hadn’t suggested which was an ex-Cognac & Orange Liqueur Cask. Instinctively, I knew this could work really well, and in my mind I had this concept of a smoky chocolate orange style whiskey.”

This release is limited to just 1,000 bottles annually, and is bottled at 46% ABV. Retailing at £65/€75.

As an industry and category first this truly unique expression is described as having tasting notes of:

On the nose there are notes of orange blossom, fresh mint, tropical fruits and summer garden freshness. The palate leads with orange notes, as the malt makes an appearance. Milk chocolates combines with orange and mint, as the smokes shines. Sweet smoke and chocolate orange combine, giving a long rich and oily finish with hints of leather coming through.


The second new release ia Shortcross 5 year old Distiller’s Duo Irish Whiskey, blends Shortcross Single Malt and Shortcross Single Pot Still Irish whiskeys together to create a blend that showcases the distillery’s character. The new expression has been aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and virgin American Oak (Quercus Alba) casks.


Shortcross Distillers Duo


David Boyd-Armstrong Director of Distilling & Blending describes the journey to create this expression as,

“Crafting the Distiller’s Duo has been a real testament to the quality of the Irish whiskey we produce here at Rademon Estate Distillery. We always look to see how we can take our Irish Whiskey and create something truly unique, and by combining our malt and pot still Irish whiskeys together we are able to amplify the favours and aromas of the malt and combine that with the spice and lush mouthfeel of the pot still to create a whiskey that we believe showcases our distillery character in the finest way possible. Uniquely this is also the first time that this blend has been created where both whiskey’s have been distilled and matured at the same distillery.”


The Shortcross 5 Year Old Distiller’s Duo Irish Whiskey tasting notes are described as:

A rich and fruit nose that is reminiscent of caramelised toffee apples, the palate leads with milk chocolate and sweet cereal notes lead from the malt, over time these open up to reveal fresh hints of green apple and cola cubes, with a decadent and mouth coating finish with chewy pot still spices with lingering notes of red fruits, linseed and tobacco leaf.

This is a core expression in the Shortcross portfolio. It is at 46% ABV. Retailing at £55/€65.

David added:

“Our Irish Whiskey journey is one that is truly obsessive in the creation of flavour. We obsess to create those yet to be found and to recreate those flavours lost to time. With the launch of this new expression of Shortcross Irish Whiskey we believe we are showcasing this obsession and the quality of our Shortcross Irish Whiskey.”

Managing Director Fiona Boyd-Armstrong adds:

“These new Shortcross Irish Whiskies are the first of a new range of releases and it is already on route to our key export markets for launch in Spring 2024 and is available now across the island of Ireland.”


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