New limited release of historic Old Comber Irish Whiskey

A limited release of Old Comber Irish Whiskey has been announced by Food NI member Echlinville Distillery in Kircubbin, Co Down.

According to the distillery, which revived the historic Old Comber whiskey brand, the whiskey boasts notes of fresh vanilla pods, toffee apples and battenburg cake.

The small batch release is limited to two bottles per customer and is priced at £55.

One of the original Irish whiskey giants, Old Comber Whiskey was founded in 1825 and produced at the Comber Distilleries, which were located in Comber – just ten miles from where Echlinville now stands.

Comber Distilleries closed in 1953 and Old Comber joined the list of Ireland’s lost whiskeys.

Echlinville acquired the brand and revived the pot still whiskey in 2021 on a limited basis.

Old Comber was one of Ireland’s most celebrated whiskey brands. Famed for more than a century for its quality and bold flavour, its loss was lamented by whiskey enthusiasts around the world.

Echlinville is incredibly proud of its roots. From rolling barley fields to huge malting houses and one of the largest distilleries in Ireland, County Down and the area around Strangford Lough, in particular, has a strong whiskey heritage. Comber and its distilleries was widely regarded as the home of double distilled pot still whiskey.