Roe & Co is a new contemporary blend, named to honour the memory of a whiskey-maker whose distillery was in its time the largest in Ireland. George Roe & Co helped build the golden era of Irish whiskey in the 19th century. Their distillery at Thomas Street in Dublin extended over 17 acres and they were Ireland’s largest exporter of whiskey. As neighbours for hundreds of years George Roe & Co and Guinness were the two biggest names at the heart of Dublin’s historic brewing and distilling quarter.
The amazing story of George Roe, his family and their famous whiskies, has largely been lost to history since the distillery closed its gates in 1926, and all that remains is the distillery windmill tower and a pear tree that flowers to this day. The tower and the pear tree sit directly across from the famous St. James’s Gate Guinness Brewery as a reminder of George Roe’s former prominence in the city’s life and now as a source of inspiration for the new whiskey.
The Golden Age of Irish Whiskey
The Roe distillery finally closed its gates, Irish whiskey is on the cusp of another golden age. Today there is a resurgence of interest in Irish Whiskey and the Thomas Street area is once again becoming a vibrant hub of brewing and distilling in Dublin.
Roe & Co will be at the heart of this new vibrancy, celebrating the memory of George Roe, a true pioneer who helped build the original golden era of Irish whiskey.
New Distillery Opened in 2019: By restoring and re-purposing the iconic Guinness Power House as its distillery, Roe & Co is also helping to regenerate Dublin’s ‘Liberties’ D8 district, the home of Irish whiskey during the original golden age of Irish distilling.
Roe & Co Blended Irish Whiskey Review
Roe & Co is a new premium Blended Irish Whiskey, named in honour of George Roe, a true pioneer of Irish Whiskey. Refined, elegant, and with remarkable depth, a masterful blend of rich malt whiskey and the smoothest of grain whiskey aged in bourbon casks.
Released in March 2017, Roe & Co blended Irish whiskey marks Diageo’s return to the Irish whiskey category having sold Bushmills a couple of years earlier. Roe & Co is bottled at 45% ABV, distilled without chill filtration and is a blend of single malt and grain whiskeys. Matured exclusively in bourbon casks (a high proportion of which are first-fill).
Creamy, delightfully fragrant and remarkably rounded with notes of soft spice and mellow spun sugar along with warm hints of woody vanilla.
The quality and perfect balance of the blend is immediately apparent on the palate through its velvety texture and sweet flavours including spiced pears and vanilla.
Lingering and gentle, ending with a light creaminess.
Where to Drink: Roe & Co Blended Irish Whiskey Review
Why not try Bakers Irish Pub & Restaurant for something authentic because In Ireland every town has a “local”. Bakers is the pub where the Thomas Street local’s go themselves. It’s a place that you can get a casual bite to eat, a few pints or a drop of whiskey and watch the world go by. Check out the review of the Curators Series if you are looking to try something unique.
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