Single Farm Origin

Sheestown

Edition 1.2

Key Facts

GROWER Philip O'Brien
FARM Sheestown
EDITION 1.2
HARVESTED 18 AUGUST 2015
DISTILLED WEEK 24 2016
Maturation 4 years 0 months 9 days
ABV 50%
No. of Bottles 30,000
For Market Europe & Asia
Bottled September 2020

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 16 July 2020
Sent for Bottling 28 September 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: Golden with oils that grip the glass like its life depended on it.

Nose: Malty, honey, fruit cake, pears, sherry trifle, cookie dough, a summer hay note, orange peel and an earthy note.

Taste: Spices and clove that gently warms then dries;  blood oranges, honeycomb, barley sugar and ginger.

Finish: Long with a gentle spice and citrus that tingles.

WOOD

cask no. cask type cask fill cooperage fill date farm
4109 American First-Fill 199.12 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4112 American First-Fill 196.81 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4108 American First-Fill 196.81 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4110 American First-Fill 193.74 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4107 American First-Fill 195.69 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4149 American First-Fill 201.48 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4150 American First-Fill 196.99 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4151 American First-Fill 196.07 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4152 American First-Fill 194.14 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4153 American First-Fill 192.18 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4154 American First-Fill 198.09 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4155 American First-Fill 192.95 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4156 American First-Fill 197.5 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4157 American First-Fill 199.07 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4158 American First-Fill 197.76 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4159 American First-Fill 198.87 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4160 American First-Fill 194.69 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4131 American First-Fill 195.26 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4132 American First-Fill 196.71 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4133 American First-Fill 198.91 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4134 American First-Fill 193.21 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4135 American First-Fill 192.58 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4136 American First-Fill 197.95 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4113 American First-Fill 192.43 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4114 American First-Fill 196.23 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4115 American First-Fill 195.37 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4116 American First-Fill 195.41 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4117 American First-Fill 197.21 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4118 American First-Fill 197.44 litres Speyside Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3968 American First-Fill 199.14 litres Jack Daniels Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2997 Premium French 227.39 litres Tonnellerie des Domaines 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3002 Premium French 223.93 litres Tonnellerie des Domaines 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
638 Premium French 226.21 litres Boutes 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
639 Premium French 221.87 litres Tonnellerie Quintessence 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
640 Premium French 203.62 litres Tonnellerie des Domaines 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
641 Premium French 221.95 litres Radoux 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
655 Premium French 224.73 litres Botes 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
656 Premium French 229.3 litres Saint Martin 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
644 Premium French 227.67 litres Tonnellerie Quintessence 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
645 Premium French 227.91 litres Berthomieu 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
657 Premium French 228.82 litres Dempots 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
647 Premium French 233.09 litres Francis 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
648 Premium French 224.84 litres Darnajou 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
649 Premium French 227.43 litres Darnajou 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
650 Premium French 226.95 litres Saury 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
651 Premium French 229.97 litres Saint Martin 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
658 Premium French 221.64 litres Tonnellerie Quintessence 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
653 Premium French 234.29 litres Darnajou 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
659 Premium French 236.16 litres Francis 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2625 Vin Doux Naturel 506.01 litres Ex-Sherry 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2626 Vin Doux Naturel 510.35 litres Ex-Sherry 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2627 Vin Doux Naturel 504.34 litres Ex-Sherry 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2628 Vin Doux Naturel 524.01 litres Ex-Sherry 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2629 Vin Doux Naturel 508.19 litres Ex-Sherry 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2630 Vin Doux Naturel 512.61 litres Ex-Sherry 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
1582 Vin Doux Naturel 510.1 litres Oloroso 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
1581 Vin Doux Naturel 506.08 litres Oloroso 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3484 American Virgin 202.94 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3485 American Virgin 201.15 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3486 American Virgin 200.51 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3487 American Virgin 201.36 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3488 American Virgin 204.88 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3489 American Virgin 201.58 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2713 American Virgin 201.54 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2714 American Virgin 198.55 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2715 American Virgin 197.71 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3476 American Virgin 200.75 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3477 American Virgin 200.94 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4168 American Virgin 195.62 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4169 American Virgin 193.88 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
4170 American Virgin 198.88 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3490 American Virgin 203.8 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
3491 American Virgin 202.08 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN
2709 American Virgin 203.47 litres Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 SHEESTOWN

Composition

33% FIRST FILL U.S
19% VIRGIN U.S.
25% PREMIUM FRENCH
23% VIN DOUX NATUREL