‘Knockmealdowns’ honours the Knockmealdown mountain range, which straddles the border between County Tipperary and Waterford and overlooks the Ahearn Farm. A particularly picturesque spot, the Knockmealdowns mountains are home to the ‘Vee’, a V-shaped turn on the road up Sugarloaf Hill. A number of stories relate to a stunningly beautiful lake close to the Vee called Bay Lough. Local legend tells that the lake is bottomless and the waters haunted by an unfortunate woman called ‘Petticoat Loose’ who was banished there to empty the lake with a thimble.
‘ Knockmealdowns’ is one of the Tipperary Boutique Distillery’s new ‘Mountain Range’ – a series of older whiskies celebrating the land in County Tipperary. ‘Knockmealdowns’ is created from only six casks and matured in Ireland for 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels. The whiskey is cut to 47% with water from Ballindoney Farm. The nose opens with fresh oak, developing into hot caramel sauce with notes of chocolate and vanilla. The pallet is light and smooth – sweet honey cut through with citrus notes, then becoming savoury and peppery. The finish lingers, oaky with drying tannins and just a touch of ginger spice. Like Watershed and the Rising, each bottle of Knockmealdowns is individually numbered.