Single Farm Origin

Sheestown

Edition 1.1

Key Facts

GROWER Philip O'Brien
FARM Sheestown
EDITION 1.1
HARVESTED 18 AUGUST 2015
DISTILLED WEEK 24 2016
Maturation 3 years 10 months 25 days
ABV 50%
No. of Bottles 9,000
For Market Europe & Asia
Bottled July 2020

Sheestown whisky

SHEESTOWN, CO. KILKENNY

Baile an fhasaigh, the ‘place of the lush grass’, is surely a fitting place to grow barley. The Shees clan settled here to the west of the Nore river in the 15th Century. Defined by a geology of limestone and sandstone, Sheestown is a rolling, lowland terroir of well-drained loamy soil with outcrops of gravel and drier hilltops. Philip O’Brien has farmed here for half a century, while his daughter, Maura, works with us at the distillery.

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.

 

The Sound of Sheestown

We're standing at the entrance to the fields in Sheestown. Soon the track moves up along the hedgerows, to a wooded area that skirts around the back of the farm. It's busy here with birds and later bees. The sound of the barley stirring is always present in the background before the breeze picks up a bit. Then we move into the fields and a little closer to the crop for the rest of the track.

BARLEY TIMELINES

SOWN 23 September 2014
HARVESTED 18 August 2015
Arrived at Cathedral 19 August 2015
Went to Maltings 12 May 2016
Arrived at Distillery 2 June 2016
Fermentation Started 13 June 2016
Distillation Started 17 June 2016
Distillation Finished 25 June 2016
Filled at Warehouse 7 July 2016
Marriage of Casks 8 May 2020
Sent for Bottling 8 July 2020

TERROIR

FIELDS
SOIL
Elton

Credit: Teagasc.

series ELTON ASSOCIATION
type Luvisol
description Fine loamy drift with limestones, Elton Association soils composed of (Elton, Dounboyne, Howardstown, Straffan, Kilrush, Rathowen).
elevation 225 – 240 FEET
sunlight AVERAGE 5-5.5 hours

BARLEY, YEAST & WATER

VARIETY IRINA
Yeast Mauri Distiller's Yeast
Production Water Volcanic Aquifer
Fermentation 131.5 hours

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.

WOOD

cask no. cask type cask fill cooperage fill date farm
4143 American First-Fill 192.66 litres Seagrams 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4144 American First-Fill 197.14 litres Seagrams 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4145 American First-Fill 193.27 litres Seagrams 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4146 American First-Fill 200.37 litres Seagrams 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4147 American First-Fill 197.56 litres Seagrams 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4148 American First-Fill 196.42 litres Seagrams 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3963 American First-Fill 201.64 litres Seagrams 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3966 American First-Fill 199.88 litres Jack Daniels Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3967 American First-Fill 200.99 litres Jack Daniels Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3968 American First-Fill 200.88 litres Jack Daniels Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2995 Premium French 225.53 litres Tonnellerie des Domaines 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2996 Premium French 224.44 litres Tonnellerie des Domaines 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2998 Premium French 225.12 litres Tonnellerie des Domaines 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2999 Premium French 225.14 litres Tonnellerie des Domaines 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3000 Premium French 223.32 litres Tonnellerie des Domaines 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3001 Premium French 223.62 litres Tonnellerie des Domaines 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
1583 Vin Doux Naturel 508.21 litres Oloroso 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
1584 Vin Doux Naturel 501.3 litres Oloroso 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2559 American Virgin 201.32 litres Speyside Cooperage, KY 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2600 American Virgin 204.08 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2696 American Virgin 202.94 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2697 American Virgin 201.58 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2698 American Virgin 202.62 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2699 American Virgin 199.68 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN

Composition

35% FIRST FILL U.S
21% VIRGIN U.S.
25% PREMIUM FRENCH
19% VIN DOUX NATUREL