Glendalough 13yr Single Malt Irish whiskey is aged for what the distillers promise us is Ireland's lucky number: 13 years. They suggest looking for flavor notes of vanilla fudge, lemon citrus, and peach among others. Being a new distillery, the single malt is sourced from an unnamed Irish distiller (we would hazard a guess that it's Kilbeggan/Cooley), then given a final aging and bottling on site. Owing to the selection, finishing, and bottling, we list Glendalough as the producer.
Glendalough 13yr Single Malt Irish whiskey was named "Best Irish Whiskey" in the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (in a field of 41 Irish Whiskeys).
Glendalough Distillery was opened as an independent craft distillery to "recapture Ireland's lost heritage of great spirit production." It is named for the beautiful Glendalough Valley, which translates as "the glen of two lakes" and named for a valley in Ireland. The labels feature St. Kevin of the 6th century, who lived in a cave in the valley. Legend has it that he was so still a blackbird nested in his hand. It was founded in 2011 by Donal O'Gallachoir, Brian Fagan, Barry Gallagher, Kevin Keenan, and Gary McLoughlin.