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Sheestown

Key Facts

EDITION1.1
HARVESTED18 AUGUST 2015
DISTILLEDWEEK 24 2016
Maturation3 years 10 months 25 days
ABV50%
No. of Bottles9,000
For Market Europe & Asia
BottledJuly 2020

SHEESTOWN, CO. KILKENNY

Baile an fhasaigh, the ‘place of the lush grass’, is surely a fitting place to grow barley. The Shees clan settled here to the west of the Nore river in the 15th Century. Defined by a geology of limestone and sandstone, Sheestown is a rolling, lowland terroir of well-drained loamy soil with outcrops of gravel and drier hilltops. Philip O’Brien has farmed here for half a century, while his daughter, Maura, works with us at the distillery.

Sheestown takes its name from the Shees, a family from Kerry who settled in Kilkenny and became loyal supporters of the House of Butler, earls of Ormonde, during the 15th century. Sir Richard Shee was deputy to the Lord Treasurer of Ireland during Queen Elizabeth’s reign but his descendant, Marcus Shee, was outlawed as a Jacobite in 1691 and fled to France. One of Marcus Shee’s descendants was the charismatic Duke of Feltre, who served as Napoleon Bonaparte’s Minister of War.

Growers

Grower
Farm
County
Type
Philip O'Brien
Sheestown
Kilkenny
Conventional

The Sound of Sheestown

We’re standing at the entrance to the fields in Sheestown. Soon the track moves up along the hedgerows, to a wooded area that skirts around the back of the farm. It’s busy here with birds and later bees. The sound of the barley stirring is always present in the background before the breeze picks up a bit. Then we move into the fields and a little closer to the crop for the rest of the track.

BARLEY TIMELINES

SOWN23 September 2014
HARVESTED18 August 2015
Arrived at Cathedral19 August 2015
Went to Maltings12 May 2016
Arrived at Distillery2 June 2016
Fermentation Started13 June 2016
Distillation Started17 June 2016
Distillation Finished25 June 2016
Filled at Warehouse7 July 2016
Marriage of Casks8 May 2020
Sent for Bottling8 July 2020

TERROIR

FIELDS
SOIL
series ELTON ASSOCIATION
type Luvisol
description Fine loamy drift with limestones, Elton Association soils composed of (Elton, Dounboyne, Howardstown, Straffan, Kilrush, Rathowen).
elevation 225 – 240 FEET
sunlight AVERAGE 5-5.5 hours

BARLEY, YEAST & WATER

VARIETYIRINA
YeastMauri Distiller's Yeast
Production WaterVolcanic Aquifer
Fermentation131.5 hours

TERROIR

Head Distiller's Observations

Appearance: An amber hue, with oils that hold on for dear life.

Nose: Earthy, clove, fruit cake, lightly spiced poached pears in red wine, honeycomb ice cream, midsummer hay.

Taste: Gentle spice mix with lasting cloves that dries, citrus peel marmalade, porridge, fresh honey.

Finish: Long clove with spice that leaves a warm tingle on the front of my tongue.

cask no.
cask type
cask fill
cooperage
fill date
farm
4143
American First-Fill
192.66 litres
Seagrams
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
4144
American First-Fill
197.14 litres
Seagrams
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
4145
American First-Fill
193.27 litres
Seagrams
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
4146
American First-Fill
200.37 litres
Seagrams
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
4147
American First-Fill
197.56 litres
Seagrams
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
4148
American First-Fill
196.42 litres
Seagrams
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
3963
American First-Fill
201.64 litres
Seagrams
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
3966
American First-Fill
199.88 litres
Jack Daniels Cooperage
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
3967
American First-Fill
200.99 litres
Jack Daniels Cooperage
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
3968
American First-Fill
200.88 litres
Jack Daniels Cooperage
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
2995
Premium French
225.53 litres
Tonnellerie des Domaines
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
2996
Premium French
224.44 litres
Tonnellerie des Domaines
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
2998
Premium French
225.12 litres
Tonnellerie des Domaines
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
2999
Premium French
225.14 litres
Tonnellerie des Domaines
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
3000
Premium French
223.32 litres
Tonnellerie des Domaines
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
3001
Premium French
223.62 litres
Tonnellerie des Domaines
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
1583
Vin Doux Naturel
508.21 litres
Oloroso
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
1584
Vin Doux Naturel
501.3 litres
Oloroso
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
2559
American Virgin
201.32 litres
Speyside Cooperage, KY
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
2600
American Virgin
204.08 litres
Speyside Cooperage
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
2696
American Virgin
202.94 litres
Speyside Cooperage
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
2697
American Virgin
201.58 litres
Speyside Cooperage
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
2698
American Virgin
202.62 litres
Speyside Cooperage
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN
2699
American Virgin
199.68 litres
Speyside Cooperage
7 July 2016
SHEESTOWN

Composition

FIRST FILL U.S
35%
VIRGIN U.S.
21%
PREMIUM FRENCH
25%
VIN DOUX NATUREL
19%

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