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An Aba

An Aba, our Whiskymaker’s lightly peated ‘sherried’, signature expression was crafted from a select marrying of Kentucky Bourbon casks, Spanish Oloroso barriques, Portuguese shaved-toasted-re-charred (STR) red wine barriques, virgin American oak casks, and Spanish Pedro Ximénez casks.

 

Nose: Complex and layered whisky with light peat on the nose, including fresh pine and oak, orange liqueur, lemon sherbet, rum and raisin fruit cake, liquorice, vanilla sponge cake, ripe banana, gooseberry, red currant, dried mango and milk chocolate.

 

Palate: It has a lush creamy mouthfeel, medium peat, burnt heather and bonfire embers, leading to prunes, dried figs and apricots. Also on the palate there is malted milk, stewed apples, peaches, blooming heather, lavender and daffodils, developing to linseed oil, marzipan, lingering oak and a dry, light peat finish with an essence of the seaside, befitting our island location.

 

15 PPM

ABV: 46%

750mL bottle

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An Loy

An Loy, formerly known as Glenloy, is our ‘Whiskymaker’s Signature Selection’ whereby we carefully selected our classic single malt whisky from a combination of 60% first use Bourbon casks for a delicate, clean presentation, 15% from Dr. Swans wonderful Portuguese STR red-wine barriques for pronounced oak and sweet red-berry contribution, and 15% Oloroso / 10% PX Spanish Sherry casks for wonderful, rich and delicate fruit cake and plums. Together they compliment the tropical fruits and creamy presentation of our new-make house style (which garnered a Gold Medal at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards) to create the following tasting notes for this, our inaugural release whisky:

 

Nose: Fruit, floral and Sherry notes followed with oak, vanilla, malt, and sea breeze.

 

Palate: Creamy, caramelized orange, vanilla, potpourri, fruit cake, blackcurrant, honey, wood spices, and lingering oak.

 

 

Our An Loy whisky has been ‘dressed up’ befitting the quality of the spirit. Each bottle and carton are individually numbered. The carton has an image of Vancouver Island that wraps around all four sides, befitting the fact that this is an ‘island whisky’, and in addition to the gold foil and embossing, there are notes encompassing a bit of history, why it was named An Loy, house character and tasting notes, etc.

 

ABV: 46%

750ml bottle

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Cath-Nah-Aven

Cath-Nah-Aven is our salute to the great Sherried whiskies from the banks of the river Spey. This award-winning Vancouver Island distilled classic single malt spirit was carefully matured in premium Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez casks from Andalucía in Spain. This whisky is carefully selected from a range of  American (Quercus alba) oak casks. These were married by our Whiskymaker to create a complex red-berry, plum, and oak nose that compliments and enhances the fruit and floral notes of our new-make spirit.

 

On the palate, this Sherried classic single malt has a huge body with a creamy mouthfeel. the plums, raisins, and spices, are complimented by structured tannins and oakwood notes, that ultimately yield to a background of juicy malt barley. The finish and development are long and complex with a symphony of diverse flavours for your personal exploration!

 

ABV: 46%

750ml bottle

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Custom Labelled St. Mallie: Portuguese Re-Charred Red Wine Barrique

Customize a bottle of our award winning St. Mallie: Portuguese Re-Charred Red Wine Barrique with a message, image, or logo of your choosing. You can create a memorable and totally unique gift that you won’t find elsewhere.

 

Custom Label Information (please read before ordering): We use pre-printed labels templates which means that there is a limited amount of space to add a graphic or text. Please see the label image with the blue box (Note: the red outline around the label is not printed). In this area we can add text, pictures, logos, or artwork. We recommend keeping text to a minimum or using a single image or graphic because of the limited space. Please allow for up to 2 business days for label creation and 2 days for order processing prior to shipping.

 

Please email your graphic or text to info@macaloneydistillers.com and provide your name and order number so we can match your email with your purchase.

 

This St. Mallie special release comes from a select re-charred red wine barrique imported from Europe. This barrique underwent the Dr. Jim Swan shave-toast-rechar preparation and gives a wonderfully complex nose with red berries, dried fruit, demerara sugar, leather, oak and honey. The palate is creamy and full bodied with layers of tropical fruits, wood spices, brandied dark fruit cake, cigar, cocoa, Maltesers, oats and honey. The finish is long with dried fruit and lingering oak. An earlier release of this whisky won Canada’s Best Single Cask Single Malt in the 2020 World Whiskies Awards.

 

ABV: 46%

750ml bottle

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Island Drams Collection – Tasting Pack

This tasting pack lets you sample 5 of our different award winning whiskies:

  • An Loy – Classic Single Malt – Ex-Bourbon, Red Wine, Oloroso, & PX casks – World Whiskies Awards 2021 & 2022, Best Canadian Single Malt
  • Kildara – Triple Distilled Pot Still – Ex-Bourbon, Virgin American Oak, Oloroso, & PX casks – World Whiskies Awards 2023, World’s Best Pot Still
  • Cath Nah Aven – Classic Single Malt – Premium Spanish Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez (PX) casks – World Whiskies Awards 2019, Canadian Best New Make
  • St. Mallie: Red Wine Barrique – Classic Single Malt – Matured in Premium Portuguese Red Wine Barriques – World Whiskies Awards 2021 & 2022, Canadian Best Single Cask Single Malt
  • Siol Dugall – Peated Single Malt (54 ppm) – Ex-Bourbon, Virgin American Oak, & Red Wine casks – World Whiskies Awards 2023, Best Canadian Single Malt

 

ABV: 46%

Contains 5 x 50ml Bottles

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Kildara

*Due to high demand and limited inventory, customers are limited to one bottle per order

 

This island whisky is from our triple distilled single potstill range – triple distilled using only the best unmalted and malted barley available. The patient, yet purposeful, triple distillation produces a complex, layered and balanced new-make spirit. Dr. Swan described our original new-make which trickles off our copper pot stills as “the best that I have tasted in any distillery at this stage, super fruity.” This triple-distillate is even smoother and fruitier!

 

Kildara, our Whiskymaker’s Signature Expression, was married from a select combination of Kentucky Bourbon, Spanish Oloroso, virgin American, and Spanish Pedro Ximénez (PX) casks. The result is a full bodied, triple distilled single potstill, island whisky with pronounced Oloroso and PX notes including dried fruit cake, vanilla crème laced with cinnamon, demerara sugar, and old seasoned leather notes. Abundant tropical fruits include candied orange, dried apricot, figs, ripe blackberries, blackcurrant jam, dried raisins and roasted nuts. The complexity continues with barley, malt and dried hay, butterscotch, milk chocolate, light tobacco and ocean breeze.

 

The palate is velvety-soft, resplendent with full bodied Sherry and tropical fruit. Oatmeal develops to oak spices, coffee, dark chocolate orange, nectarines, stewed plums, blackcurrant, red currant and sultanas, coming together as sweet dark fruitcake and honey. The finish presents dried fruit with a hint of salt and dulse, lingering oak and more Sherry, ending with hazelnut and almond raspberry pie with a drizzle of dark chocolate.

 

Kildara won ‘World’s Best Pot Still Whisky’ at the prestigious 2023 World Whiskies Awards.

 

ABV: 46%

700ml bottle

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Killeigh

This island whisky is from our triple distilled single potstill range – triple distilled using only the best unmalted and malted barley available. The patient, yet purposeful, triple distillation produces a complex, layered and balanced new-make spirit. Dr. Swan described our original new-make which trickles off our copper pot stills as “the best that I have tasted in any distillery at this stage, super fruity.” This triple-distillate is even smoother and fruitier!

 

Killeigh is a salute to our distillers who love how Kentucky Bourbon wood allows our house style with its plethora of tropical fruits to shine through. Embellished by our Master Whiskymaker with Portuguese moscatel sweet white wine oak casks and virgin American oak casks, the result is a distillers delight.

 

The nose presents cream soda, soft vanilla and oak, with apricot, pear, hints of banana, sweet pea flowers, milled oats and honey. The white wine is delicate and layered with wet coastal forest and sea breeze. The palate is velvety-creamy with more tropical fruits including sweet lychees, mandarin orange, and delicate banana embellished with honey and barley water. Fresh rose petals and a potpourri of dried flowers and wood spice yield to vanilla, oak and coconut with a hint of linseed, nutmeg and cinnamon. The development includes light moscatel white wine, crème fraîche, toasted hazelnut, and sea salt, drying to a long, lingering oak finish. Superb!

 

 

Killeigh won Best Potstill Whisky in Canada at the prestigious 2022 World Whiskies Awards.

 

ABV: 46%

750ml bottle

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Kirkinriola: Moscatel Cask

This island whisky is from our triple distilled single potstill range – triple distilled using only the best unmalted and malted barley available. The patient, yet purposeful, triple distillation produces a complex, layered and balanced new-make spirit. Dr. Swan described our original new-make which trickles off our copper pot stills as “the best that I have tasted in any distillery at this stage, super fruity.” This triple-distillate is even smoother and fruitier!

 

This single cask series, Kirkinriola (pronounced ‘kirk-in-riola’), is our connoisseurs / collector’s single-cask edition. Like the passionate, spirited Ulster-Scots, it is an ever-changing series of triple-distilled potstill expressions based on unique one-off single casks, or other special selections. With individually numbered bottles, it is sought after by those who appreciate fine whisky.

 

This triple distilled single potstill, island, whisky was fully matured in a single moscatel sweet white wine barrique made with European oak. The nose is resplendent of Muscat grape, sweet white wine and a well-developed European oak presence including vanilla, honey, and marzipan, walnut and nutmeg. Barley, oatmeal and malted milk yield to abundant tropical fruits including dried apricot, ripe peaches and sultanas.

 

The creamy mouthfeel leads to full bodied moscatel and oak, vanilla beans, dried ginger, ripe cherries, pear, lychees, dried coconut and lemon zest. The juicy barley and malt suggest digestive biscuits layered with treacle, followed by linseed, comfortable leather furniture, walnut, almonds and pecans, with a hint of salt and dry oaken finish. Enjoy!

 

ABV: 46%

750ml bottle

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Kirkinriola: Portuguese Re-Charred Red Wine Barrique

This island whisky is from our triple distilled single potstill range – triple distilled using only the best unmalted and malted barley available. The patient, yet purposeful, triple distillation produces a complex, layered and balanced new-make spirit. Dr. Swan described our original new-make which trickles off our copper pot stills as “the best that I have tasted in any distillery at this stage, super fruity.” This triple-distillate is even smoother and fruitier!

 

This single cask series, Kirkinriola (pronounced ‘kirk-in-riola’), is our connoisseurs / collector’s single-cask edition. Like the passionate, spirited Ulster-Scots, it is an ever-changing series of triple-distilled potstill expressions based on unique one-off single casks, or other special selections. With individually numbered bottles, it is sought after by those who appreciate fine whisky.

 

This particular Kirkinriola special release single cask comes from a select Portuguese recharred red wine barrique imported from Europe. This barrique underwent the Dr. Jim Swan shave-toast-rechar (STR) preparation and gives a wonderfully complex nose with apricot, papaya, pears, honey, oats, and sherried fruit cake. The palate is creamy and full bodied with cereal and a symphony of floral and fruit notes including roses, honey, nectarine, papaya, apricot, apples & candied orange. Layered into this are red wine, blackcurrant, wood spices and a lingering oak finish with a hint of sea breeze befitting an island distillery. Enjoy!

 

ABV: 46%

750ml bottle

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Mac Na Braiche

The new-make underpinning this single malt took Gold Medal for “Best in Canada” at the prestigious 2019 World Whisky Awards. Jim Murray’s 2020 Whisky Bible scored this oak-matured expression 93 points saying it “not only ticks all the boxes in terms of desirability but adds a few extra’s on for good measure.” Traditionally distilled using Scottish methods and pot stills, this single malt was matured in select STR (shave-toast-rechar) Portuguese red wine barriques.

 

Nose: Wonderfully complex with red berries, dried fruit, demerara sugar, oak & honey

Palate: Smooth, creamy, layered tropical fruits, wood spices, cocoa and heather-honey, with a lingering oak finish.

 

This sale will extend past Black Friday. In fact, if it proves popular, we may make it a permanent change!

 

ABV: 46%

750mL Bottle

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Oaken Potstill

Previously called Oaken Poitín

 

Traditionally distilled using Irish methods and matured in select STR (shave-toast-rechar) Portuguese red wine barriques, this is the first ever triple-distilled pot still whisky spirit in Canada and one of the first outside of Ireland. Whiskymaker Dr. Graeme Macaloney studied the pot still process in Ireland before recreating it here on Vancouver Island. He then overlaid the maturation expertise learned from the legendary Dr. Jim Swan. The new make spirit underpinning this triple distilled pot-still spirit won Canada’s Best New Make at the World Whiskies Awards in 2021

 

Nose: Apricot, papaya, pears, honey, oats and Sherried fruit cake

 

 

Palate:  Full bodied, creamy and smooth, with cereal and a symphony of floral and fruit notes including roses, honey, nectarine, papaya, apricot, apples & candied orange. Layered into this are red wine, blackcurrant, wood spices and a lingering oak finish.

 

ABV: 46%

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750ml Bottle

Peated Mac Na Braiche

The new-make underpinning this single malt took “World’s Best” at the prestigious 2020 World Whiskies Awards. This is the first single malt outside of Islay to use Canadian barley peat-smoked to 54 ppm at the distillery in a proprietary soaker-smoker. Whiskymaker Dr. Graeme Macaloney studied the traditional peat-smoking process in Islay, recreating it here on Vancouver Island. Matured in Portuguese red wine barriques.

 

Nose: Medium peat smoke, wood ash, floral notes, fruit, heather, lemongrass, juicy malt, nutmeg & cinnamon

 

Palate: Creamy, very smooth and pleasantly warming. Big peat with waves of peat smoke, heather brush fire, wood ash, and tropical fruits. Finishes with floral nectar, a dry malt sweetness, coconut milk hint of salt and lingering smoke.

 

ABV: 46%

Natural Colour & Non-Chill Filtered

750ml Bottle

Peated Whisky Collection – Tasting Pack

This tasting pack lets you sample 5 of our different award winning whiskies:

  • St. Mallie: Red Wine Barrique – 0 PPM single malt whisky matured in Premium Portuguese Red Wine Barriques – Canadian Best Single Cask Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards in 2021 & 2022
  • An Aba – 11 PPM peated single malt whisky matured in Portuguese Red Wine Barriques, Virgin American Oak, and Spanish Pedro Ximénez Casks –World’s Best New Make in the World Whiskies Award in 2020
  • Siol Dugall – 27 PPM peated single malt whisky matured in Kentucky Bourbon casks, Virgin American Oak casks, and Portuguese Red Wine Barriques – Canada’s Best Single Malt Whisky in the World Whiskies Awards in 2023
  • Peat Project: Portuguese Re-Charred Red Wine Barrique – 54 PPM peated single cask single malt – Canada’s Best Single Cask Single Malt in 2023
  • Peat Project: Moscatel Barrique – 54 PPM peated single cask single malt – World’s Best New Make in the World Whiskies Award in 2020

 

ABV: 46% – 57%

Contains 5 x 50ml Bottles

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Searaidh Braiche

Here it is! Our first ever Sherry-matured single malt. This single malt spirit is not merely ‘finished’ in Sherry casks but is matured from start to finish in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez STR casks. STR stands for Shave Toast Rechar as developed by the late great Dr. Jim Swan. It made our Mac na Braiche and Invermallie STR the huge successes that they are. Now, thanks to our Spanish cooperage in Jerez, we have STR barriques (225L) that infuse robust oak notes, better oxygenation, and charcoal filtering to round off the massive Sherry-bomb notes one expects from Oloroso and PX matured single malts.

The classic single malt spirit underpinning this Searaidh Braiche spirit won gold at the 2019 World Whiskies Awards for best newmake in Canada and top 2 in the World. The Searaidh Braiche also won a gold medal in the 2021 John Barleycorn Awards.

Tasting Notes:  This classic sherried single malt spirit has a rich body and creamy mouthfeel. The plums, raisins, tropical fruit and wood spices are complemented by structured tannins and oak, that ultimately yield to a background of juicy malt barley. The finish and development are complex with a hint of sea salt and symphony of sherry and tropical fruit notes.

 

This sale will extend past Black Friday. In fact, if it proves popular, we may make it a permanent change!

 

ABV: 46%

Natural Colour & Non-Chill Filtered

750ml Bottle

Siol Dugall

Siol Dugall, our Whiskymaker’s medium peated signature expression was married from a select combination of Kentucky Bourbon casks, virgin American casks, and re-charred Portuguese red wine barriques.

 

Nose: The nose is superb with pine wood smoke, light peat smoke and tropical fruit, pork scratchings, rosemary, cedar, sandal wood, and lapsang souchong tea, developing to rose petals, dates, lemon zest, and butterscotch with hints of nutmeg, cloves and ginger. There are also summer meadow flowers, fresh cut grass, malt extract and burnt heather.

 

Palate: The palate has a velvety mouthfeel with sweet malty peat smoke, barley water, sweetpea flowers, clover honey, crème brûlée with burnt caramel, fennel seed, lemon sponge cake, and dried hay, with lingering oak, a light sweet smoke finish, and a hint of salt with ocean breeze.

 

27 PPM

ABV: 46%

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St. Mallie: Portuguese Re-Charred Red Wine Barrique

St. Mallie, formerly known as Invermallie, is our connoisseurs / collector’s edition. It is an ever-changing series of classic single malt expressions based on unique one-off single casks, or other special selections. With individually numbered bottles, it is sought after by those who appreciate fine whisky.

 

This St. Mallie special release comes from a select re-charred red wine barrique imported from Europe. This barrique underwent the Dr. Jim Swan shave-toast-rechar preparation and gives a wonderfully complex nose with red berries, dried fruit, demerara sugar, leather, oak and honey. The palate is creamy and full bodied with layers of tropical fruits, wood spices, brandied dark fruit cake, cigar, cocoa, Maltesers, oats and honey. The finish is long with dried fruit and lingering oak.

 

ABV: 46%

750ml bottle

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