Single Farm Origin

Grattansbrook

Edition 1.1

Key Facts

GROWER Andrew Bergin
FARM Grattansbrook
EDITION 1.1
HARVESTED 4 SEPTEMBER 2015
DISTILLED WEEK 48 2016
Maturation 1406 DAYS OR 3 YEARS, 10 MONTH 06 DAYS
ABV 50%
No. of Bottles 12,492
For Market UK
Bottled February 2021

Grattansbrook, CO. KILDARE

Grattansbrook is on the flat, fertile flood plain of the River Barrow near Athy, Co. Kildare, a stone’s throw from our maltings. Andrew Bergin’s family have farmed here for 9 generations. Following the Farming for Nature protocol, managing the land to bring biological benefits, combined with the productive Elton Series soils derived from limestone, this makes for a fine lowland terroir.

The Sound of Grattansbrook

The fields at Grattansbrook are split by the busy N78 road that heads into Athy. We start by a hedgerow, which leads away to the west of the farmyard; the bees and birds are busy here, and there’s a nice breeze blowing through. We head north west, further away from the road and into more open space before doubling back to a corner where three fields meet. There are more trees here which stir as the breeze picks up. From here and heading back towards the busy road we find a stream in a gulley flowing north. It's another little world totally hidden by the overgrowth.

BARLEY TIMELINES

SOWN 10 April 2015
HARVESTED 4 September 2015
Arrived at Cathedral 4 April 2015
Went to Maltings 16 October 2016
Arrived at Distillery 2 November 2016
Fermentation Started 23 November 2016
Distillation Started 30 November 2016
Distillation Finished 7 December 2016
Filled at Warehouse 9 December 2016
Marriage of Casks 13 November 2020
Sent for Bottling 14 February 2021

TERROIR

FIELDS
SOIL
Elton

Credit: Teagasc.

series Elton Association
type LUVISOL
pdf Elton Association
description Fine loamy drift, Elton Association soil composed of Elton, Faoldroim, Musicfield, Mullabane, Straffan, Rathowen, Coolnaha, Cullahill, Ballinamore and Castlemoyle).
elevation 207 - 220 FEET
sunlight AVERAGE 5 - 5.5 hours

BARLEY, YEAST & WATER

VARIETY Taberna
Yeast Mauri Distiller's Yeast
Production Water Volcanic Aquifer
Fermentation 131 Hours

Head Distiller's Observations

Appearance: Yellow gold, with teardrop oils that may not meet the bottom of the glass. 

Nose: Red apple, marzipan, cocoa powder, raisins, rolled barley, green tea, mint leaf, white grapes, fresh soil, green foliage & brown sugar.

Taste: Spiciness that reminds me of Chinese Five Spice; orange & lemon zest, toffee shards, barley sugar, lemon sherbet & banana.

Finish: The heat from the spice gives way to dryness, which then brings on a lovely oiliness at the end.

WOOD

cask no. cask type cask fill cooperage fill date farm
7116 U.S. First Fill 203.28 Jack Daniels 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
7120 U.S. First Fill 195.3 Jack Daniels 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
7121 U.S. First Fill 192.82 Jack Daniels 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
7122 U.S. First Fill 193.89 Jack Daniels 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
7123 U.S. First Fill 194.81 Jack Daniels 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
7553 U.S. First Fill 199.19 Heaven Hill 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
7554 U.S. First Fill 197.06 Heaven Hill 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
7555 U.S. First Fill 193.33 Heaven Hill 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
7556 U.S. First Fill 196 Heaven Hill 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
7557 U.S. First Fill 195.53 Heaven Hill 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
7558 U.S. First Fill 196.06 Heaven Hill 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
7559 U.S. First Fill 197.48 Heaven Hill 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
5393 U.S. Virgin 195.3 Kelvin Cooperage 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
5394 U.S. Virgin 197.46 Kelvin Cooperage 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
5395 U.S. Virgin 198.82 Kelvin Cooperage 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
5396 U.S. Virgin 199.11 Kelvin Cooperage 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
5397 U.S. Virgin 197.61 Kelvin Cooperage 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
5398 U.S. Virgin 196.24 Kelvin Cooperage 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
3122 French 224.71 Rivesaltes 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
3123 French 225.2 Rivesaltes 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
3124 French 225.23 Rivesaltes 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
3125 French 225.82 Rivesaltes 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
3127 French 226.31 Rivesaltes 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
6118 French 225.41 Latour 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
4606 French 227.2 Margaux 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
2944 Vin Doux Naturel 502.9 Sherry 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
2945 Vin Doux Naturel 506.18 Sherry 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK
3368 Vin Doux Naturel 636.27 Porto 9 December 2016 GRATTANSBROOK

Composition

35% FIRST FILL U.S.
16% VIRGIN U.S.
24% PREMIUM FRENCH
25% VIN DOUX NATUREL