Newry.ie 18 March 2020 By Columba O'Hare
With uncertainty being the new certainty in the world it really is reassuring to see the physical return of an iconic local brand after over a hundred years of absence. Newry based Matt DʼArcy Whiskey has returned with two new releases a 17-year-old single malt and a 10-year-old blend, aimed at the super premium and premium whiskey markets respectively. The relaunch of Matt DʼArcy & Co Limited heralds the revival of whiskey production in the South Ulster region: a designated area of outstanding natural beauty that has centuries of heritage in the distillation of whiskey.
Matt DʼArcyʼs super-premium whiskey is a 17-year-old single malt limited edition of only 384 numbered bottles. Prior to hand bottling, the liquid has spent twelve months finishing in a rum cask: a reference to the Barbadian rum barrels that once arrived in the merchant city of Newry via its famous canal. That same canal provided a reverse gateway to Matt DʼArcy Whiskey achieving its world class reputation in the 19th Century. This exceptional whiskey is bottled in handblown Italian crystal glass: each one unique in shape. The equally unique spirit has a distinctive light spiciness with subtle notes of honey, vanilla, apple sweetness, almonds, cinnamon and plum providing a warm, rewarding after-taste.