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Mortarstown Edition 1.1

Single Farm Origin

Key Facts

EDITION 1.1
HARVESTED 31 August 2015
DISTILLED WEEK 06 2017
Maturation 3 YEARS, 11 MONTHS, 30 DAYS
ABV 50%
No. of Bottles 5,000
For Market Belgium
Bottled March 2021

Mortarstown, Co. Carlow

Mortarstown lies within the meanders of the stately River Barrow just 2 miles south west of Carlow. Here Evan McDonnell farms on the river’s flood plain, enriched by silt and alluvium. The area is shaped by the Weichsel Glaciation, with its resultant glacial till of mainly limestone origin; the Elton series is said to be the most fertile land in Co. Carlow.

Barley Timeline

Product Timeline

SOWN 22 February 2015
HARVESTED 31 August 2015
Arrived at Cathedral 1 September 2015
Went to Maltings 11 August 2016
Arrived at Distillery 28 September 2016
Fermentation Started 13 October 2016
Distillation Started 16 October 2016
Distillation Finished 23 October 2016
Filled at Warehouse 28 October 2016
Marriage of Casks 27 October 2020
Sent for Bottling 14 February 2021

Head Distiller's Observations

Appearance: Old gold with legs that look like sun rays.

Nose: Dark chocolate, raisins, plums, cherries, fruit cake, hay dust earthy, apple drop sweets, liquorice, almonds, cloves, blood orange and cinnamon.

Taste: Ripe banana, barley sugar sweets, cloves, peppercorns, green peppers, coconut, herbal tea, lime mint leaf and liquorice.

Finish: Light spice with dryness that gently meanders into contentment.

TERROIR

FIELDS

Grower Info

Grower
Farm
County
Type
Evan McDonnell
Mortarstown
Carlow
Conventional

Soil

Series Elton Association
Type LUVISOL
Description Fine Loamy Drift, Elton Association soils composed of (Elton, Kellistown, Baggotstown, Mylerstown, Ballylusky, NewInn, Cloonmore, Newtown and Greenane)
Elevation 460 – 530 FEET
Sunlight AVERAGE 5 – 5.5 hours
PDF Elton Association

Barley, Yeast & Water

VARIETY Irina
Yeast Mauri Distiller’s Yeast
Production Water Volcanic Aquifer
Fermentation 100 Hours

The Sound of Mortarstown

A dry and warm Summers day at Mortarstown. This track starts out on the banks of the River Barrow, which forms a boundary on the western edge of the farm as it runs past, heading south. Moving east, away from the river and into the fields, the sound is busy with wildlife. A light breeze blows through the barley. Traffic travels past on the nearby Leighlin Road. Heading back towards the yard, and with rain forecast, the McDonnells are finishing off the silage in some of the smaller fields.

Cask Composition

FIRST FILL U.S.
37%
VIRGIN U.S.
22%
PREMIUM FRENCH
16%
VIN DOUX NATUREL
25%

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