Jack Ryan – Raglan Road 5 Year Old
Raglan Road 5 Year Old Irish Single Malt, cask strength 54.9% ABV, is another collaboration, aged in bourbon, matured in madeira, finished in imperial stout produced by Seamus McMahon’s Brehon Brewhouse. This fine craft brewery is situated in Killanny Monaghan, across the fields from poet Paddy Kavanagh’s Inniskeen homeplace. Kavanagh spent much of his life in Dublin, and was very well known around Ballsbridge and D4 in general, including the Beggars Bush (a Ryan establishment). Raglan Road seemed a fitting name for this town and country, Dublin and Monaghan, family to family, Ryan and McMahon, collaboration. An ambitious and technically difficult finish, we sent casks to Seamus in which he finished his stout, then retrieved them and filled the same day with our whiskey. We think we got it just right; judge for yourself. 3,500 bottles, numbered, and signed by Eunan Ryan.
Matured in bourbon and madeira casks before receiving a finishing in Imperial Stout casks for a beautifully smooth taste.
Single Malt Cask Stength
|NOSE||Red wine and sap. Strawberries and moss. Dark moss too. Orange peel, oak, and above all blackberries. A berry cordial of a nose with a resinous twitch to keep the fruits on their toes. Freshly peeled bark — but off a berry dense branch. Especially after water, never forget the moss.|
|PALATE||Sap grass and sugar cane cut through the plushness of raspberries, prunes, and the red wine backdrop. Slight orange peel and leaf. With water, a plusher profile altogether with apricots, peaches, and something slightly tropical mixing with the moss, though the berry bowl watermark never disappears.|