The townland of Ballykilcavan is situated in Co. Laois on what is considered one of the best terroirs to grow malting barley – well-drained sandy loams on a bed of limestone. The gently sloping fields are surrounded by picturesque ancient woodland, among Ireland's finest and rich in native species, which acts as natural shelter for the barley. Over winter cattle graze the cover crops to keep alive microbial activity in the soil.
Head Distiller's Observations
Appearance: Yellow gold with heavy oils.
Nose: Red grapes, tilled earth, dried fruit, barn yard, cooking apples simmering in the pot, petrichor, that aroma of a forest after the first rain for days.
Taste: Oily mouthfeel, white pepper, apricots, spices, toffee, maltiness, wood shavings.
Finish: Dry, oily, spice, chocolate, malt that lasts.