East of the River Barrow, Kenneth Ashmore's rolling lowland farm, Knockroe - An Cnoc Rua, Red Hill - stands on the Bo Choill Road east of Maganey, which runs towards the old town of Castledermot. In an ancient landscape scattered with Bronze Age remnants, the well-drained and quick-drying sandy loams, derived from limestone, make for good tilling in the early spring - ideal for a long barley growing season.
Head Distiller's Observations
Appearance: A yellow gold with oily legs that grip the glass like a free mountain climber.
Nose: Dried flowers with fern and sage, dry hay , warm lavender, buttery, dried tea, porridge, milk chocolate, toasted bread, grapefruit, cloves, fudge and ripe banana.
Taste: Cloves, black pepper, ginger, custard, tobacco, malty, soft spices, citrus peel, blood orange, dark chocolate and lemon posset.
Finish: A gentle oily spice that leaves a hint of ginger and lemon.