There has been an experimental brewery at St James’s Gate for over a hundred years and today the Open Gate Brewery enables Guinness brewers to explore new recipes, interpret old ones and experiment freely to bring exciting new beers to life. The Open Gate Citra IPA is one of the most applauded beers to be introduced by the brewers at the Open Gate Brewery the home of innovation and experimentation at St. James’s Gate.
Partnering with the Guinness Open Gate Brewery – a true hub of innovation – Roe & Co Whiskey aimed to showcase the best of the Dublin 8 neighbourhood by creating two unique expressions of whiskey and two experimental beers.
Testing and experimenting to see what would happen next in the world of flavour surrounding beer and whiskey, Roe & Co’s Master Blender, Caroline Martin, collaborated with the Head Brewer at Guinness Open Gate Brewery, Peter Simpson, to create something truly unique, based on the reaction between these products.
The process which took place, started with the two beers, which Caroline chose, Citra IPA and Antwerpen Stout, which were aged in Roe & Co Irish whiskey casks to create two unique and brilliant whiskeys finished beers.
Roe & Co blended Irish whiskey was then filled back into these same casks within 24 hours of the beer being disgorged, to rest and react with the wood to deliver two very magical beer cask finished whiskeys. One influenced by Guinness Citra IPA and one influenced by Guinness Antwerpen Stout.
Roe & Co Cask & Keg, Distillery exclusive whiskeys can be bought individually at €85 or as a giftset retailing at €95 for one bottle of the chosen whiskeys and four beers (Two of each finish). Available from 16th December, purchased through www.shop.roeandcowhiskey.com
Roe & Co Citra IPA Cask Finish Information:
Region: Dublin, Ireland
Distiller: Roe & Co
Bonder: Roe & Co
Mashbill: Corn & Malted Barley
Cask: Bourbon Casks, Guinness Citra IPA Casks
ABV: 56.6% – 113.2% Proof
Roe & Co Citra IPA Cask Finish Whiskey Tasting Notes:
Through finishing our signature blend in Guinness Citra IPA casks, this whiskey now reveals notes of citrus sherbet, apricot jam, grapefruit peel and white peach.
The nose is light fresh and full of fruit, citrus and the signature pear flavours come to the front.
The taste is fresh and lively like the nose. Sweet sherbet fizzes on your palate like a child’s candy. This is layered like a cake over malt sponge cake with icing and apricot jam. Almost like a trifle with slices of pear and white peach.
The sherbet sensation fizzles out into a grapefruit peel sort of sourness that adds a sharpness that comes from the Citra IPA Casks. This is unique and well worth a try.
Where To Buy Roe & Co Citra IPA Cask Finish
Producing Roe & Co Cask & Keg collaboration, with two unique variants of Irish Whiskey from Roe & Co – a Citra IPA cask finished Roe & Co. blended Irish whiskey (€85) and an Antwerpen Stout cask finished Roe & Co blended Irish whiskey (€85).
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