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Whisky Advocate: Irish Whiskey’s Past Meets Present With Limavady

February 2, 2022

Limavady is one of Ireland’s more recent whiskey releases to reach American shores, but the name is not entirely new to the Irish whiskey world. Its history reaches back to the 18th century and the Northern Ireland town of Limavady, whose long-vanished distillery produced whiskey more than two centuries ago.

Limavady’s owner, Darryl McNally, is an Irish whiskey veteran who worked at Bushmills for nearly 17 years before moving to Dublin Liberties Distillery in 2017. This new venture is something of a family affair for McNally: he can trace his ancestry back to the original distillery’s owners, and Limavady is his hometown. Knowing the history, “Limavady kept calling,” says McNally. “So I said, let’s grab this with both hands. My brother—who was also a distiller at Bushmills—left as well to come into the family Limavady.” McNally is partnered on the Limavady project with WhistlePig, which itself is minority-owned by Moët Hennessy.

Matured in bourbon barrels and finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, Limavady’s liquid is sourced from an undisclosed Irish distillery. While there are other PX-matured or PX-finished bottlings in the Irish whiskey arena—such as Redbreast’s PX Edition, the Whistler PX I Love You, and Egan’s Fortitude—Limavady is fairly unique to Irish whiskey because it’s a single barrel expression. Single barrel releases are plentiful in American whiskey, but that’s not the case in Ireland. Whisky Advocate has the full story.

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