Rostrevor’s Killowen Irish whiskeys now on sale in US

Killowen Distillery in Northern Ireland has launched its small batch Irish whiskeys online in the US.

Based near Rostrevor in the iconic Mourne Mountains, Killowen’s small batch Irish whiskeys, all cask strength, are now being imported to the US by High Road Spirits of Chicago, a leading importer of quality international spirits to many states, and online via California’s Folsom Wines and Spirits.

Whiskeys being made available in the US include the small distillery’s 5-year-old- single malt rum and raisin, a small-batch core, and other products from its acclaimed Bonded Experimental Series, some of the most exciting limited edition blends being distilled in Ireland.

Brendan Carty, founder and managing director of Killowen Distillery, says the products for the US are unique in that each distilling is always likely to be different. “In the true sense of Killowen, absolute consistency is never our aim, thankfully any future rum and raisin single malt batches will be slightly different. It’s always fun to revisit and see if we can improve upon perfection,” he adds.

Killowen, which has also produced successful gins and a dark rum, will be releasing a small-batch flame-fed poitín, described as “the mother of all whiskeys” in the US. “Poitín, has survived centuries of oppression from colonialism and later powerful whiskey lobbies at home. Poitín’s day will come, but until then, it is enjoying a huge upsurge in popularity throughout Ireland and internationally among those in the know,” he adds.

“At its best, poitín is made in small batches, using flame-fed distillation, worm tub condensation and creative mash bills,’ he continues.  Killowen has already dubbed 2022 as ‘The Year of the Poitín’.

Killowen Distillery was established by Mr Carty in 2016 and has launched whiskeys, gins, dark rum and poitín that have attracted international attention for quality, innovation and taste. The distillery has also developed a range of hard seltzer flavoured drinks.