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Roe & Co launch Cask Strength 2021 Edition, a 13-year-old single grain Irish whiskey


Roe & Co Irish Whiskey announced the launch of their latest innovation, Roe & Co Cask Strength 2021 Edition. The latest release from the team at Roe & Co, this 13-year-old Single Grain whiskey is finished in Alligator Char New Oak and is the third release in Roe & Co’s Cask Strength series, a series which reveals the DNA of blended Irish whiskey.

Opting for Single Grain for this edition, it aids us to deconstruct the story of blended whiskey. When the team at Roe & Co bottled the core 106-blend for 2019, a masterful blend of rich malt whiskey and the smoothest of grain whiskey aged in bourbon casks, it was a natural fit to release a deliciously unique Single Malt in 2020. Now followed by this special release, Cask Strength 2021, we can truly celebrate backbone and makeup of the original Roe & Co 106 blend.

The grain in Roe & Co’s Cask Strength 2021 is matured for 13 years and has been specifically chosen to finish in unique casks to heighten and develop the flavours that already exist in Grain whiskey.

The Alligator Char New Oak casks used have been heat treated to such an extent that the wood resembles the texture and graphic of that similar to the skin of an Alligator. This charring treatment has been applied to New Oak, drawing all the caramelisation and texture to the surface area of the Oak wood, which then goes on to influence the character of the spirit laid in the casks. This results in a complexity and depth of flavour, bringing notes of smoky vanilla pods, wood spice and toffee sweetness to the nose, layered with Jamaican gingerbread and panna cotta, finished with notable hints of white pepper. Roe & Co Cask Strength 2021 is laden with ripe fruits and banana, calling back to the DNA of the 106 blend.

Roe & Co Cask Strength 2021 is the perfect gift to give this festive season.

Lora Hemy, Head Distiller at Roe & Co Irish Whiskey said; 

“What makes Cask Strength so interesting is the raw DNA of the whiskey. When you taste this blend, it is as if you’re sampling it straight from the cask. Undiluted, so you can add as much or as little water of your own to find your flavour preference and taste. With the 2021 Cask Strength edition, we’ve chosen to finish this Irish grain in a particularly interesting and unique cask. The grain is well matured and been specifically chosen to finish in these casks to heighten and develop the flavours that already exist in grain whiskey. We’re excited to be releasing this latest innovation, on the lead up to the festive season.”


George Harper, Master Blender for Roe & Co added; 

“When developing Cask Strength 2021, we wanted to shine a light on the true DNA of the original Roe & Co 106 blend with the Single Grain component, allowing us to explore the tasting notes associated with our current inventory. Different malts and grains all bring their own unique flavour characteristics, as such each have their own positives and make up important building blocks to a blend.  The carefully selected Single Grain casks we use are picked for their exceptional flavour and style. With this release we want to highlight and showcase the Grain and the backbone in our 106 blend.”

Roe & Co Cask Strength 2021 is perfect served neat, over ice, or in Roe & Co’s exciting reinvention of a classic Bobby Burns cocktail and joins a line of innovations from the brand since its inception in 2017, including the recently launched Roe & Co Japanese Sugi.

Roe & Co Cask Strength 2021 will be available from 27th October 2021 (link to go live later this afternoon). Priced at €74 per bottle, Roe & Co Cask Strength will be available for shipment across ROI and NI through the below link:


This newest innovation was recently awarded Gold in DB & SB Autumn Tasting 2021.

Official  Tasting Notes

The journey explores hints of toffee sweetness, cacao nubs, coconut husk and leather jackets. Ripe fruit (pear and banana) and lotus biscuit spice, with sweetness breaking through praline and ice-cream.

Wood influence, Jamaican gingerbread and with a creamy sweet texture that’s slightly drying. On the first taste we find panna cotta, with deeper hints to white chocolate, marzipan and cassia.

Medium dry finish, with white pepper and hints of chilli heat. Leaving you with a warming balance of sweetness and wood spice, with damp oak, clotted cream, and festive baking spices.

The Alligator char casks used during finishing impart a complexity and depth of flavour notes throughout.

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