Resurrecting the Lost Art of Irish Whiskey Bonding
Our vision is to emulate the conditions of ageing used by whiskey bonders of old whilst applying modern day know-how and thereby resurrect many of the lost flavours of Independent Irish Whiskey and to bring them to market for the modern whiskey drinker.
There was a time when every town in Ireland had its own particular flavour of whiskey. The Golden Age of Irish whiskey saw over 400 distilleries operating on the Island of Ireland. There were not many brands of Whiskey at that time, rather most distilleries simply made their whiskey and sold it wholesale to grocers for bonding.. These grocers would travel to their local distillery with their barrels, have them filled up with new make whiskey and then cart them home and store them for ageing or blending. Because 80% of whiskeys' flavour comes from the barrel it is aged in and the climate where that barrel is stored, this meant that there was huge variety in flavour within Irish Whiskey. The Irish Whiskey industry collapsed in the early 1900's and with it came the closure of all but 4 distilleries in Ireland. Those 4 distilleries owned by multinational organisations have made almost all the Irish Whiskey produced ever since. They created individual whiskey brands and turned off the tap to Groces thereby shutting down the practice of Whiskey Bonding.
The end of bonding meant the end of true flavour variety in Irish Whiskey. These big multinationals develop their 'flavour profiles' in laboratories, and store their whiskey for ageing on industrial estates in airplane hanger size warehouses. Whilst this ensures consistency, it also means that the spirit of independence and the great variety that once existed in Irish Whiskey has been lost for over 100 years. We want to change all that. Taking inspiration from the enterprising Whiskey Bonders of the 1800's we are resurrecting their business model for the 21st century. We are applying modern day know how to create the highest quality whiskey for the modern drinker.