Sheestown takes its name from the Shees, a family from Kerry who settled in Kilkenny and became loyal supporters of the House of Butler, earls of Ormonde, during the 15th century. Sir Richard Shee was deputy to the Lord Treasurer of Ireland during Queen Elizabeth’s reign but his descendant, Marcus Shee, was outlawed as a Jacobite in 1691 and fled to France. One of Marcus Shee’s descendants was the charismatic Duke of Feltre, who served as Napoleon Bonaparte’s Minister of War.
Head Distiller's Observations
Appearance: An amber hue, with oils that hold on for dear life.
Nose: Earthy, clove, fruit cake, lightly spiced poached pears in red wine, honeycomb ice cream, midsummer hay.
Taste: Gentle spice mix with lasting cloves that dries, citrus peel marmalade, porridge, fresh honey.
Finish: Long clove with spice that leaves a warm tingle on the front of my tongue.