Skip to content

Posts from the ‘Blended Irish Whiskey’ Category


Review: Concannon Irish Whiskey

Concannon Irish Whiskey was released in 2012.  It is a blended Irish whiskey made from soft pure spring water from the mountainside of Slieve na gCloc, and locally harvested spring malted barley.  The grain whiskey portion is made from corn.  Concannon Irish whiskey is distilled in small long necked copper pot stills.  The spirit is first aged for 4 years in bourbon barrels and later aged for four months in barrels previously used to age Concannon Petite Sirah wine.  Fourth generation Vintner John Concannon created Concannon Irish whiskey in collaboration with Cooley Distillers, as a special tribute to his great grandfather James Concannon.  James sailed from Ireland to America in 1865 when he was 18.  In 1874 James and his wife traveled from Maine and settled in the Livermore Valley of California where he founded Concannon Winery in 1883.  The bottle I am reviewing was distilled at the Cooley Distillery.  Since Beam acquired the distillery and renamed it Kilbeggan Distillery, they reduced the number of brands they produce Irish whiskey for.  This resulted in several brands death, since there were so few distilleries producing Irish Whiskey.  Concannan Irish Whiskey has survived but I don’t know the current source of their Irish whiskey. Read more »