At the battle of Clontarf in 1014 Irish high king Brian Boru sent Viking invaders tumbling back into the sea and achieved a remarkable victory for the Irish over the fearsome Vikings. The two armies met on the fields of Clontarf near the city of Dublin on Good Friday in the spring of 1014. The battle lasted all day raging across the fields and forests with no side gaining a clear advantage. Finally, with all of their leaders dead or dying, the Vikings broke ranks and returned to their ships. Out of 8,000 men who fought that day, almost 6,000 were killed. The destruction of the Viking forces, including the deaths of virtually all of the Viking kings, permanently ended the Invaders’ presence. Through this valiant and bloody victory at Clontarf, Brian Boru and his men made possible the Ireland that we know today.
Ireland is known for its rolling green hills and cascading streams. Clontarf Irish Whiskey takes advantage of this natural abundance by using the finest ingredients that Ireland has to offer during the distilling process. A combination of barley, maize and pure spring water gives Clontarf its complex aroma and extraordinary flavor. Once distillation is complete, the whiskey still has some way to go. The young Clontarf 1014 is placed in charred oak bourbon casks for four long years of aging. Over this time the whiskey takes on the characteristics of the cask in which it is stored, absorbing the flavors and colors steeped into the wood.The final step before bottling Clontarf 1014 Classic Blend is called ”marrying” or ”vatting” the whiskey. This process fuses together the flavors of many casks to produce a complex whiskey of consistent quality from year to year. From the first taste of Clontarf 1014 you will agree that the time and care taken to make this fine whiskey was more than worth it!