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Dunmore Edition 1.1

Single Farm Origin

Key Facts

EDITION 1.1
HARVESTED 17 AUGUST 2015
DISTILLED WEEK 27 2016
Maturation 3 years 11 months 17 days
ABV 50%
No. of Bottles 13,000
For Market U.S.A.
Bottled August 2020

DUNMORE, CO. LAOIS

At the top of John Tynan’s barley fields, within a striking circular copse of trees, is the early medieval fort that lends the townland its name – An Dún Mór, the big fort – a reminder of turbulent times of lore. Nestled between the Slieve Bloom Mountains & the Castlecomer Plateau of County Laois is this westerly-facing, lowland terroir, of limestone-derived loamy drift that harbours a compact gravelly tilth.

Prior to 1756, Dunmore was home to Edward Maurice, Bishop of Ossory, who died at the house that year.  In 1756, house, demesne and estate passed to Sir Robert Staples, 7th Bt., a connection-by-marriage and ward of the bishop. He descended from Thomas Staples of Bristol, who came to Ulster circa 1610 as part of the plantation, prospered as an iron smelter in County Tyrone and was created a baronet by Charles I in 1628. 

Upon the death of Sir Robert Staples, 8th Bt, in 1833, Dunmore passed to Edmund Staples, his illegitimate son. The three storey gable ended house was felled in the late 20th century. The children’s author CS Lewis was a relative of the Staples family.

John Tynan’s farm backs onto Dunmore Wood, which backs onto Moyne Estate. Moyne House became the Hamilton family home in the early part of the 19th century, when Robert Hamilton-Stubber moved there from Kilkenny. The Hamilton family, who still reside there, descend from Hugh Hamilton who settled near Bangor, Co. Down under James I and was made a denizen or citizen of Ireland in 1616.

‘In 1844, 3 ewes, the property of Edmund Staples, Esq., Dunmore, yeaned the extraordinary number of ten lambs, all alive and well.’ Just to show that Edmund Staples was more than ready for any poacher or trespasser who invaded Dunmore, the Dublin Monitor recorded his arsenal in the 1840s as consisting of ‘3 double barrelled guns, 6 muskets and sword-bayonets, 6 carbines, 7 bayonets, 1 duck-gun, 3 blunderbusses, 5 double pistols and 18 single pistols.’

Barley Timeline

Product Timeline

SOWN 18 March 2015
HARVESTED 17 August 2015
Arrived at Cathedral 18 August 2015
Went to Maltings 2 June 2016
Arrived at Distillery 22 June 2016
Fermentation Started 30 June 2016
Distillation Started 5 July 2016
Distillation Finished 11 July 2016
Filled at Warehouse 15 July 2016
Marriage of Casks 1 July 2020
Sent for Bottling 24 August 2020

Head Distiller's Observations

Appearance: deep gold with oils that remind me of the rolling hills of the Comeragh mountains on the glass.

Nose: malty, raisins, orange chocolate, black peppercorns, citrus fruits, red currants; like eating a light cinnamon porridge, while sitting in a worn leather chair.

Taste: spice rack bomb, green apple, marzipan, lemon sherbet, liquorice, grapefruit, dark chilly chocolate, popping candy.

Finish: warm clove that tingles on your tongue and then becomes mouth-watering.

TERROIR

FIELDS

Grower Info

Grower
Farm
County
Type
John Tynan
Dunmore
Laois
Conventional

Soil

Series Elton Association
Type LUVISOL
Description FINE LOAMY DRIFT, ELTON ASSOCIATION SOIL (ELTON, KELLISTOWN, MYLERSTOWN, BALLYLUSKY,NEWINN, CLOONMORE, NEWTOWN AND GREENANE)
Elevation 270-315 FEET
Sunlight AVERAGE 5-5.5 hours

Barley, Yeast & Water

VARIETY IRINA
Yeast Mauri Distiller’s Yeast
Production Water Volcanic Aquifer
Fermentation 156 hours

The Sound of Dunmore

This track starts out at the River Nore. From here we move up through the woods that run along its banks; the place is busy with birdsong, and the sounds from nearby farms. We eventually reach last year’s barley fields, which have just been ploughed, before going further – into the old ring fort at the centre of the field. This is a little wooded area now, so we can hear the wind through a branch of an ash tree.

Cask Composition

FIRST FILL U.S
36%
VIRGIN U.S
17%
PREMIUM FRENCH
21%
VIN DOUX NATUREL
26%

Wood

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