Mountain Range is the distillery's series of older whiskies, celebrating the land in County Tipperary.
The first release of their Limited Edition Mountain Range, “The Knockmealdowns” is created from only 6 casks, matured in Ireland for 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels. The whiskey is cut to 47% with water from Ballindoney farm in Tipperary, owned by our co-founding family, the Ahearns.
Knockmealdowns whiskey honours the Knockmealdown Mountain Range, which straddles the border between County Tipperary and Waterford. The highest peak, the Knockmealdown, stands at 2,605 feet and looks down from the south over the plain of land on which Ballindoney farm lies.
A particularly picturesque area, the Knockmealdown Mountains are home to the “Vee”, a V-shaped turn on the road up Sugarloaf hill. This is one of the most scenic locations in Ireland, and on a clear day you can look out over 3 counties: Tipperary, Waterford and Limerick.
As is true of much of Ireland, this area has many tales about the mysterious happenings of the past. A number of these stories relate to a stunningly beautiful lake close to the Vee called Bay Lough. Local legend tells that the lake is bottomless, and the waters are haunted by an unfortunate woman, “Petticoat Loose”, who was banished here to empty the lake with a thimble.
Aroma: nose opens with fresh oak, developing into hot caramel sauce with notes of chocolate and vanilla.
Taste: The palate is smooth and light, sweet honey cut through with citrus notes, then becoming savoury, peppery and round in the mouth.
Finish: The finish lingers, oak with drying tannins and just a touch of ginger spice.