Writers’ Tears debuts Marsala cask-finished Irish whiskey

Ireland’s Walsh Whiskey Distillery has extended its Writers’ Tears range with the launch of a limited edition Irish whiskey finished in Marsala wine hogshead casks.

The “very limited” triple-distilled offering is a blend of single pot still and single malt Irish whiskeys and is non-chill-filtered with an abv of 45%. Writers’ Tears Marsala Cask Finish was matured in American oak Bourbon casks and finished for 12 months in one of five Marsala hogshead casks. This is the second time that Walsh Whiskey has finished whiskeys in Marsala casks from the Florio winery in Sicily, Italy. The company released Marsala cask-finished expressions from The Irishman range in 2017. Bernard Walsh, founder and managing director of Walsh Whiskey Distillery, said: “The sweet Marsala effect was very well received when we treated some of The Irishman range to it two years ago so we wanted to afford Writers’ Tears Copper Pot enthusiasts the same opportunity. “We have balanced out the natural sweetness with a 5% stronger alcohol content of 45% abv. I hope people will enjoy it as much as I do.” Four of the five casks have already been allocated with Australia (cask no: 3145), Dublin Airport (cask no: 3147), and the Celtic Whiskey Shop in central Dublin (cask no: 3149), while cask no: 3148 has been given for general release in Ireland. Just 2,430 bottles of Writers’ Tears Marsala Cask Finish have been created. It has an RRP of €75 (US$84.40) in Ireland.