Black Irish expands distribution

Darker Still Spirits-owned Black Irish whiskey-and-stout spirit drink is being rolled out internationally to new territories.

The whiskey-and-stout-based spirit drink saw a limited release in the UK and Ireland in May 2020, and is now growing its presence internationally to new markets such as Germany and France, as well as securing further listings in the UK. Developed by Dublin-based Darker Still Spirits Company, Black Irish is a triple distilled Irish whiskey, matured in deep-charred American ex-Bourbon casks. The dark colour of the spirit derives from a blend of strong stout and barrel-aged stout. This blend is used to cut the cask strength whiskey to a bottling strength of 40% ABV. The whiskey contains coffee aromas and ‘light bitter notes’, and is infused with chocolate malt and roasted barley to ‘accentuate the character’ as well as ‘deepen the colour of liquid’. The Black Irish bottle was inspired by vintage beer bottles, with its dark glass combined with a crown cap and flip-top closure. The recipe was developed by Adrian Walker, who is said to have been responsible for several brand developments, including Cîroc Vodka's. The brand recommends Black Irish to be served neat, in a shot of espresso or mixed with cola, ginger ale or soda. The 700ml bottling can be purchased for RRP £32 (US$43.72) from Amazon, thewhiskyexchange.com, masterofmalt.com or spiritly.com.