The new Roe & Co distillery is located close to where the old Thomas street distillery used to be, re-purposing the old Guinness Power House. I was one of the lucky few who got invited to the grand opening, which blew my mind. This new Irish distillery is very unique, stylish and atmospheric. WIth it’s name is etched in Irish Whiskey history.
During the 18th and 19th century, the Roe family ran several distilleries in Dublin. George Roe inherited the distilleries of Thomas street and Pimlico, and he expanded the company that soon became the largest of the Dublin distilleries. Sadly, at the end of the 19th century, like many other Irish whiskey distilleries the company began suffering from the effects of the Scotch whisky industry success. Ror & Co continued distilling in collaboration with two other Dublin distilleries, until the 1920s when the George Roe & Co distillery eventually had to close down.
Last November I learned that a new distillery was in the making, just a few steps away from the Pearse Lyons distillery in the Liberties.
The Roe & Co Curators series 0.1
Roe & Co first release under the new brand has been around for some time when we reviewed batch Number 1. I was very excited to hear rumors that with the launch of the new distillery Diageo were going to launch a new expression.
The Roe & Co Curators series 0.1. This bottling is made from port cask matured malt whiskey. Grain whiskey matured in first fill bourbon casks and refill American oak cask matured malt. The Port Cask Matured Malt Whiskey adds a richness which sings throughout. This acts as a reminder of the blackberry leaf and red fruits akin to the hedgerow of the Irish countryside. From Roe & Co’s use of ex-Bourbon Cask Malt Whiskey, there is a familiarity to the current blend of Roe & Co; spicy orchard fruit and crushed gorse flower followed by cacao. Finally, an unctuous layer of first-fill American Oak Grain Whiskey reveals notes of honeyed-cream and delivers an incredible mouthfeel.
The Curators Series is only available in Ireland and is limited to 4836 bottles. I have some tasting notes below and considering the name, I look forward to the Curators series 0.2 as this is a really nice drop of whiskey.
On the nose Roe & Co is creamy, delightfully fragrant and remarkably rounded. It has 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. The aromas open up through its velvety texture and sweet flavours including spiced pears and vanilla.
The finish is lingering and gentle, ending with a light creaminess. The sweet pear notes that are readily apparent in Roe & Co are a wonderfully apt tribute to the once-great Dublin whiskey distillery of George Roe & Co. Among the remnants of George Roe’s distillery are its old windmill tower, known as St. Patrick’s, and a magnificent pear tree dating from 1850.
Where to Drink: Roe & Co Curators series 0.1
Try it in the Power House Bar in the heart of Dublin’s whiskey district. This is one of the most immersive experiences in whiskey distilling. A visit to the fully live, working distillery will also involve guests clocking in and clocking out as they commence a ‘shift’ at the Power Station with a time card. This is a nostalgic nod at the building’s past as an operational power station. The experience concludes with guests able to clock off work with one of Roe & Co’s World Class cocktails in the showstopping Power House Bar.
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