HYDE Single Malt Irish whiskey is made from 100% malted Irish barley, distilled at a single location. It is made in small batches on a traditional copper pot still. Then matured for over 10 years in flame charred, first fill, ex-bourbon casks from Kentucky in the U.S.A., before finishing for a further six months in either a Sherry or an Oak cask.
THE SHERRY FINISH
At HYDE we use TWO different casks to age our Sherry finished whiskey.
The majority of the Irish whiskey industry typically use only Bourbon casks for their entire maturation process, these are sourced in the USA.
For the First 10 years Hyde single malt is aged in flame charred, first fill, 200L Oak Bourbon barrels, from the USA.
For an additional 10 months we transfer HYDE into toasted Oloroso sherry casks, 250L ‘Hogshead’ casks made from white oak, from Cadiz in the Andalusia region of South West Spain.
The flamed bourbon casks initially add a sweeter vanilla and caramel flavour, followed by the toasted sherry casks which add a nutty, spice, dried fruit, and toffee character to the final dram.
Sherry oak casks are far more expensive but our view is that they are worth it for the richer character they add to our final HYDE whiskey. (Oloroso Sherry cask cost €800 each. Bourbon Casks cost just €80 each!)
SHERRY CASK FINISH ~
Delightful peaches & cream, vanilla, barley malt softness, with citrus, sweet, honey, caramel, chocolate, orange, lemon, banana, & infused with spices.
Wonderfully smooth yet complex, creamy yet fruity with notes of caramel and Manuka honey, apricot, plum, and a silky malt texture.
Rich, Spicy, & Oaky. It lingers in the mouth with a long rich finish.