Shortcross Irish Whiskey is carefully crafted at Rademon Estate Distillery from beginning to end.
Authentically and unapologetically, Shortcross.
We’re obsessive about the Irish Whiskey we craft! We carefully consider every detail from mash bills, fermentation, distillation and maturation. We strive to create as much flavour as possible in each step of our whiskey making process.
Fermentation – In the whiskey industry many fermentation times are focused on 60 to 70 hours to create just ethanol. However, for us, fermentation is more than just the creation of ethanol, it is the essence of flavours that one day will become our Irish whiskey. Our fermentation times are more than double the industry norm. We ferment for over 160 hours allowing secondary fermentation to occur, creating more flavour and aroma compounds known as congeners.
Distillation – Our Irish whiskey is double distilled slowly in copper pot stills; we take a wide cut from the heart of the spirit allowing us to savour a greater range of congeners that will evolve during maturation.
Maturation – We source the best casks and mature our Irish Whiskey in first fill casks ensuring the spirit and wood interact in the optimum manner to create a rich and full bodied Irish Whiskey.
Shortcross Single Malt Irish Whiskey Has Three Main Ingredients
Our inaugural Shortcross Single Malt Irish Whiskey was double distilled in our iconic 450L Copper Pot Still, at the time the smallest whiskey still in use on the island of Ireland.
Crafted from 100% Irish distilling malt and aged in select casks, this provides the blueprint for our Shortcross Whiskey, creating rich full bodied whiskies that are big on flavour yet refined in their taste and flavour.
Future releases will follow as the distillery continues to explore the influences of mashbills, fermentation, cask selection and time.
Often described as the most beguiling of flavours and aromas in whiskey, peat had been lost from Irish Whiskey until the late 1980’s when a new iconic brand of Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey was created.
Our Founder and Head Distiller, David, was inspired and intrigued by Peated Whiskey, so much so, he began carefully crafting his own Peated Single Malt Irish whiskey in 2016.
With water from our historic estate well, we mash in heavily peated distilling malt, this produces a sweet and intensely smokey malt whiskey.
The first release of our Shortcross Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey is planned in the near future.
The history of Irish Whiskey is one that has seen many contrasts in how Irish whiskey is produced from pot stills to column still’s, from big to small but perhaps most telling is mash bill to mash bill. Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey has its origins in the Malt Tax of 1785 that sought to tax distilleries on how much malt they used. Not to be outdone by the tax authorities Irish distillery’s of the time sought to supplement the malt used in their whiskies with raw, unmalted barley, and the effect on Irish Whiskey was so profound that it lives on today.
Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is unique in that it is produced from a blend of malted barley, raw barley, and in many cases other cereals too, but it is the use of raw barley that gives Pot Still Irish Whiskey its signature mouthfeel, flavours and aromas.
As a modern Irish distillery we are part of the renaissance of Irish Whiskey, our founder’s Fiona and David wanted to create their own legacy with this signature style of Irish Whiskey.
Double distilled and resting in casks since 2018, our Shortcross Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is one that we are very excited about.
Irish Whiskey has it's own rules and guidelines on production and whilst many claim constraints, we claim freedom to create Irish Whiskey on our own terms.
Looking beyond the traditions and methods used by others, our distillery continually seeks to lay down whiskey from a range of grains, mash bills and methods that inspire Fiona and David. In time they will be brought to life as part of our portfolio of Shortcross Irish Whiskey.
"ARE WE OBSESSIVE? ABSOLUTELY."