REGION: Wicklow, Ireland
Glendalough, or the Glen of two Lakes, is one of the most beautiful and visited valleys in Ireland. The area known as “the garden of Ireland” - a name it lives up to with ease. It was established as a monastic community by St. Kevin (hence the guy on the label) in the early 6th century. He is said to have taken refuge from his followers in the remote valley, living in a Bronze Age tomb/cave known as St. Kevin’s Bed. He spent seven years in the wilderness which inspired him to build his City of Seven Churches at Glendalough.
The Glendalough Distillery was found in 2011 by a group of friends from Wicklow and Dublin with a passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland. They started out making a poitin (potcheen) which, traditional Irish distilled beverage, was first made by Irish monks in the 6th century in monasteries like Glendalough. While the distillery waited for its own stocks to mature, whiskey was sourced from the Cooley Distillery in Louth, which was given a sense of Glendalough identity through maturation and blending. Today the distillery produces a wide range of products, from a series of seasonal gins to a range of award-winning whiskeys including Single Grain and Single Malt. Also, they are now one of the first to age their whiskey in Irish oak casks using oak from the surrounding Wicklow area.
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