Single Farm Origin

Rathclogh

Edition 1.1

Key Facts

GROWER Richard Raftice
FARM Rathclogh
EDITION 1.1
HARVESTED 21 AUGUST 2015
DISTILLED WEEK 26 2016
Maturation 3 years 11 months 26 days
ABV 50%
No. of Bottles 13,000
For Market U.S.A.
Bottled August 2020

RATHCLOGH, CO. KILKENNY

The strategic importance of Ráthchloch (stone fort), on the old Kilkenny to Waterford road, was equally appreciated by the Vikings adjacent Danesfort. The striking vantage point looks over Richard Raftice’s low lying land of quick-drying, shallow gravel soils deposited by ancient glacier meltwater ensuring it is an early sowing/ripening terroir.

The nearby Danesfort Castle (also called Dunfert) was built by James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde, in the late 14th century in what is known locally as the Castle Field. As well as buying Kilkenny Castle, he was responsible for the construction of Gowran Castle, County Kilkenny. As Governor and Lord Justice of Ireland, Ormonde instigated a series of conflicts with the MacMurroughs and the O’Byrne’s, obliging Richard II to sail for Ireland with an army of over 8,000 men, the largest force brought to the island in the late Middle Ages. Amongst Richard’s warriors was a young Henry of Bolingbroke, subsequently Henry IV. Ormonde, a loyal supporter of Richard II, entertained the king at Kilkenny Castle several times.  

The Raftice family has been farming near Danesfort since about 1966 when it was purchased by Richard’s parents James and Bríd. Here, James developed an interest in competitive ploughing and served on the committee of the Kilkenny Ploughing Association from 1969 to 1980. 

The Sound of Rathclogh

This track starts out in the yard by the old farmhouse, on a very windy, but warm and sunny spring day. Crows are all around the yard and through the orchard at the back of the farm. Silage is being cut nearby and, as we leave the orchard heading out towards the fields, birds can be heard nestling in the nearby barn. The wind blows through the building; outside it gusts through the gates and railings before we head off down the track that leads out to fields. At this point there are trees either side; slowly the space opens up and we’re out into the tall winter barley that stirs in the wind.

BARLEY TIMELINES

SOWN 20 March 2015
HARVESTED 21 August 2015
Arrived at Cathedral 22 August 2015
Went to Maltings 19 May 2016
Arrived at Distillery 8 June 2016
Fermentation Started 22 June 2016
Distillation Started 26 June 2016
Distillation Finished 4 July 2016
Filled at Warehouse 7 July 2016
Marriage of Casks 2 July 2020
Sent for Bottling 8 July 2020

TERROIR

FIELDS
SOIL
Elton

Credit: Teagasc.

series Elton Association
type LUVISOL
description FINE LOAMY DRIFT, ELTON ASSOCIATION SOIL (ELTON, DUNBOYNE, HOWARDSTOWN, STRAFFAN, KILRUSH AND RATHOWEN)
elevation 240-269 FEET
sunlight AVERAGE 5-5.5 hours

BARLEY, YEAST & WATER

VARIETY IRINA
Yeast Mauri Distiller's Yeast
Production Water Volcanic Aquifer
Fermentation 141 hours

Head Distiller's Observations

Appearance: a deep gold with oils and legs so slow that they make the turtle from the parable look like Usain Bolt.

Nose: fields and barnyard, black pepper; hay that’s ready to be brought in; blackcurrant jam, warm vanilla, butterscotch, honeycomb, citrus zest.

Taste: sweet stewed apple, berry compote, pepper, mince pie, black cherries, cocoa.

Finish: has warmth with a gentle spice that drifts on with a little butterscotch.

WOOD

cask no. cask type cask fill cooperage fill date farm
4189 U.S. First Fill 191.89 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
4190 U.S. First Fill 194.68 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
4191 U.S. First Fill 192.73 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
4192 U.S. First Fill 196.34 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
4193 U.S. First Fill 195.13 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
4194 U.S. First Fill 197.5 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
4249 U.S. First Fill 195.12 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
4250 U.S. First Fill 196.39 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
4251 U.S. First Fill 194.23 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
4252 U.S. First Fill 196.23 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
4253 U.S. First Fill 192.9 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
4254 U.S. First Fill 196.18 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
4270 U.S. First Fill 198.6 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
4271 U.S. First Fill 197.5 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3500 U.S. Virgin 201.36 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3501 U.S. Virgin 201.53 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3502 U.S. Virgin 198.55 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3503 U.S. Virgin 199.1 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3504 U.S. Virgin 201.93 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3505 U.S. Virgin 200.89 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3506 U.S. Virgin 199.76 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3507 U.S. Virgin 198.15 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3003 Premium French 224.25 Tonnellerie des Domaines De CHATEAU LAFITE 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3004 Premium French 225.06 Tonnellerie des Domaines De CHATEAU LAFITE 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3005 Premium French 223.17 Tonnellerie des Domaines De CHATEAU LAFITE 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3006 Premium French 224.07 Tonnellerie des Domaines De CHATEAU LAFITE 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3007 Premium French 224.5 Tonnellerie des Domaines De CHATEAU LAFITE 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3008 Premium French 225.89 Tonnellerie des Domaines De CHATEAU LAFITE 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3009 Premium French 223.91 Tonnellerie des Domaines De CHATEAU LAFITE 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
3010 Premium French 225.53 Tonnellerie des Domaines De CHATEAU LAFITE 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
671 Premium French 223.91 Taransaud 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
2634 Vin Doux Naturel 508.55 Sherry 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
2635 Vin Doux Naturel 512.05 Sherry 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
2636 Vin Doux Naturel 511.76 Sherry 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH
2637 Vin Doux Naturel 510.4 Sherry 7 July 2016 RATHCLOGH

Composition

31% FIRST FILL U.S
19% VIRGIN U.S.
25% PREMIUM FRENCH
25% VIN DOUX NATUREL