You might think "OK, another WCL bottle, interesting, let's see how much it is..." STOP and take your time to read the following lines please.
Sometimes things just happen. An independent bottler sending us a sample that we like and decide to bottle. Nice. But then there are stories like this one that I want to share with you. Imagine a man who loves a good dram as much as he loves staying on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland. At one moment this man discovers that there is going to be a whiskey distillery in Dingle which is, of course, very exciting. Not enough, the distillery is holding a programme called "Founding Fathers" where the first 500 casks are being sold to individuals wanting to support the distillery, considering it is a huge invest that only generates any income 3 years after the first distillation has taken place. Our man, who, as some of you have guessed some lines ago, is no other than our belowed committee member Fernand, takes the idea to the committee who were as pleased as him and decided to purchase one of those 500 casks. Not just any one, but by far the rarest, a port cask. Being a huge invest for the WCL at that time, the club called out to their members to buy cask parts, assuring them one bottle once bottling day has come. 52 auctions were sold allowing the club to go for the purchase.
So not only this one man's dream is coming true, holding in his hands a bottle from his favourite distillery carrying his own name (Fearghal being Irish for Fernand), it also gave us the unique opportunity to accompany this noble spirit from its very beginnings to the moment where we can enjoy it together. In fact the cask has been hand filled by our delegation during their Ireland trip in 2015 and Fernand gave it a visit at least once a year, taking home a little sample allowing us to document its ageing. A first big moment was the 3 year old sample, moment where the spirit had officially become whiskey. But it wasn't really ready at that time so we gave it one more year and then another before we decided together with the master distiller to go for bottling.
I would like to thank Fernand (not to forget his lovely wife Sylvie!) for this experience and I am delighted to say that our Dingle is now available for purchase. We know that there has been quite a hype around Dingle bottlings and we don't want this bottle to appear on ebay for crazy prices before every member even got the opportunity of securing one bottle. That's why we limit our sales to 2 bottles per member in a first time (plus of course the ones you secured by buying cask parts). If you wish to order more, tell us in your mail and we'll keep track of those orders, releasing them after a month's time.
So, what are the specifications? Our Dingle is a Cask Strength Single Malt Irish Whiskey, 5 years old (2015-2020), port cask matured (not finished!) coming at an ABV of 59,6%. As our other bottles, it is a members only offering. Interested? Contact us for further details!