Limavady is a new whiskey brand from Northern Ireland — 60 miles north of Belfast — where it makes a single product: A single barrel, single malt whiskey that is triple distilled from Irish barley, then finished in ex-bourbon and PX sherry casks — that lattermost bit a particularly unusual move for Ireland. Bottles are labeled with barrel and individual bottle numbers.
Limavady’s heritage dates back to 1750, though it’s safe to say there’s no real connection between then and what’s being produced after the recent revival. Anyway, we landed a sample of its inaugural release for review. Let’s give it a try.
Rich and racy on the nose, with lots of deep sherry character — plus an ample, sandalwood-driven earthiness. Aromas of sesame and brown butter give the whiskey a modest sweetness, with notes of hemp rope filling in the cracks. The palate is chewy, with more sesame and notes of crushed honey grahams, then a more bready pretzel dough character emerging. Mixed floral notes give the whiskey a certain perfumy character, which pairs fairly well with the winey notes up front.
The finish is rather dusky, focusing on the whiskey’s well-roasted grains and becoming increasingly savory over time. Notes of tea leaf and lemongrass kick in after awhile, making for an odd — but certainly interesting — bunch of flavors to contend with.
92 proof. Reviewed: Barrel #0040.