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  • A tale of Glendalough, in 13 numbers…

    July 28, 2017

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    5 friends dared to live the dream, when they registered Glendalough Distillery in 2011 (they freely admit to plans being fuelled by late night pints!). Gary, Barry, Brian, Kevin and Donal all recall childhood visits to Glendalough.  Records show that monastic sites like this were the birthplace of distilling in Ireland, as early as 584AD.  The Glendalough logo features the legend of St. Kevin, out-stretched in prayer, being given a sign by a blackbird.  

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    1 Holstein copper hybrid still imported from Bavaria, nicknamed ‘Kathleen.’ Legend has it that the bold blue-eyed Kathleen tried to seduce St. Kevin, but was converted to the faith.  The still was brought in IKEA-style, in numbered pieces, which the boys put together.  Apparently it blew a lot of steam from various orifices when it was first switched on!

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    2012 Glendalough makes its first Poitín. Double-distilled in a copper pot still, it’s made from sugar beet and finished in virgin Irish oak.  Awarded a Gold Medal at the Irish Whiskey Awards in 2014. 

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    A 2 page spread in The Wicklow People local newspaper, on Geraldine Kavanagh who was running Wild Wicklow Foods, led to a meeting about foraging wild botanicals for Gin. “You do realise the botanicals will change with the season?” she warned…   hence Glendalough seasonal gin was borne.

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    40+ botanicals used in their gins are foraged by hand by Geraldine Kavanagh. 

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    12 months is how long it took to perfect Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin. Customers loved the four seasonal gins, but wanted a year-round version.  Their initial thought was to blend the four seasonal gins together. “That would have been the equivalent of mixing a McDonald’s and a curry on the same plate,” said Gary.  Launched in 2016, it’s just won  a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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    Every 2-3 minutes, is how often Rowdy, the distiller, dips his little finger into the spirit at the end of each batch of distillation. “It’s a tough job and all that” as he says. As soon as it starts to taste like soapy dishwater, he quickly makes the cut.

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    7 year old Single Malt commemorates 13 years spent by St. Kevin in the wild. Not being allowed on the lake, two of the more athletic owners hiked down the sheer cliff face to St. Kevin’s Bed and placed a bottle there. (They wonder if it’s still there….)

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    13 year old Glendalough Single Malt. Why 13? It’s a reference the jersey worn by Brian O’Driscoll, who happens to be an investor in Glendalough.  (And no, they didn’t pay him. Towards the end of his retirement, he was having a drink in New York’s Brass Monkey Bar, when someone suggested it to him… The boys couldn’t believe their luck!)  And the whiskey? Like Brian, it’s a winner – awarded Double-Gold at San Francisco World Spirit Awards 2015.

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    96.44% is the alcoholic strength of the grain spirit bought in for gin. Trust me, it’s mind-numbingly strong!  It’s 100% Irish, and certified GMO-free.  It’s cut down with Wicklow water, and gently heated by indirect heat in ‘Kathleen’.

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    Thousands is the amount of juniper berries added per batch of gin. In actual fact, they are cones, rather than berries.  We know the real number, but in the spirits of gin-secrecy, have sworn not to reveal it.

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    2 million visitors come to the monastic site at Glendalough each year. They’ve just purchased a site at the approach to the valley, and have fantastic vision for how they want their new distillery to both blend in, and add to the landscape.

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    36 countries now stock Glendalough spirits – led by the USA, Ireland, Canada, France, Germany, UK and South Africa. Have you got yours?

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  • 6 Great Father's Day Gifts

    June 8, 2017

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    It’s time to mark your calendars for Father’s Day. Falling on the 18th of June this year, it will be here before you know it. It is not exactly panic time at the moment, as you still have a little time to get him the perfect gift.

    Ordering the Perfect Gift

    Save yourself from all the hustle and bustle of the high street by ordering your gift online from the award winning Molloys website. There is the fantastic option of having the gift delivered straight to your father with an attached gift message of your choosing (this option is at the checkout stage). This option is particularly popular with people sending home father’s day gifts from abroad.

    One of the best things about buying whiskey, wine or beer as a gift, is that you know the likelihood of the gift being used is very high. Rather than aftershave, clothes or a Groupon voucher, get them a nice bottle of whiskey, or something quirky like a beer making kit! To read about the top 5 Irish whiskies under €100, click here.

    Below are a selection of gifts that he will be sure to love. If nothing below tickles you’re fancy we have hundreds of more products available on our website which you can check out here.

    6 Great Gifts 

     

    Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPA

     

    Brewing your own beer at home has become very popular. Its great fun and a great educational experience for any beer lover. This Everyday IPA has a lovely bitterness from Columbus hops and its fragrant citrus aroma from super aromatic hops. If that is not your fathers cup of tea, we also have different variations of the beer making kit; including  an Oatmeal Stout, a Double IPA.  a Black IPA and more.

    Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPA

    Irish American 8 Pack

     

    Another great gift idea for any beer nut. You get to taste some of the best craft beers from America and Ireland. They include beers from some of the best breweries, including Sierra Nevada, Founders, Brooklyn, Lagunitas and Trouble Brewing.

    Irish American 8 pk 4x50cl / 4x35cl btl

    Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

     

    Dating all the way back to 1887, this Scotch has won numerous awards in its respective category, Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Aged in fine American oak casks and European oak Sherry casks, giving it a light, sweetly oaked flavour. Creamy and smooth with a very mellow finish. 

     

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    Redbreast 15 Year Old:

     

    A really incredible single pot still whiskey. A little pricier than the 12 year old but worth every cent. It's a lot richer and stronger than the 12 year old. Really balanced and well rounded with mellow fruit, combined with spice and toasted wood.

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    Bordeaux Classic in Wood

     

    One of our best selling wine gift packs. it includes two incredible wines from the Bordeaux region in France. These wines have been selected by wine experts and have received rave reviews from the press; making this a must buy. 

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    Bordeaux Trio

     

    Another option from one of the best wine regions in the world, is this lovely trio of Bordeaux wines. These wines have been chosen by wine experts, meaning that they are of a very high standard. They come in a lovely wooden presentation box. 

    Bordeaux Trio

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  • 6 Incredible Red Ales

    February 3, 2017

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    Red Ale is wonderful, tasty and underrated. Not everyone can understand the flavour and depth of a good red ale. Those who do appreciate a good red ale know how dynamic it can be in terms of flavour. The reddish hue generally comes from a small amount of roasted barley. Many Red Ales are medium bodied, smooth with a caramel malt flavour and moderate carbonation.

    Craft beer experts in Molloys, had to whittle their favourite red ales down to a super 6. These 6 red ales were then entered into the Molloys Craft Beer Awards. All of them are unique in their own way, and they should all be tried!

    Siren Liquid Mistress 33cl

    Siren Liquid Mistress

    Is a bright red ale, with an ABV of 5.8%. Lovely burnt raisin flavours with a nice citrusy balance.

    Big Hop Red

    Rascals Big Hop Red

    A quite hoppy red ale with some distinct malt caramel. Lovely aromas of citrus and pine which complement the caramel and biscuit malt notes.

    BrewDog 5 AM Saint 330ml

    BrewDog 5AM Saint 

    Nicely balanced red ale, with a distinctive caramel malt flavour and nice fruit aromas.

    8 Degrees Sunburnt Irish Red 330ml

    8 Degrees Sunburnt

    Rich red in colour. Lovely burnt caramel flavours, which is balanced with a soft hop bitterness.

    Franciscan Well Rebel Red

    Franciscan Well Rebel Red

    Balanced hop/malt profile with a nice caramel and biscuit finish. Very easy drinking, accessible red ale.

    Galway Bay Ale 500ml

    Galway Bay Bay Ale

    Copper in colour with a malt forward flavour. Smooth, refreshing and very well balanced

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    We have a great selection of red ales online at the award winning Molloys.ie and in store.

    Keep an eye out for our weekly tastings in store.

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  • Goodbye Oktoberfest

    October 13, 2016

    Well, it’s the start of October, and that means the curtains have come down on another fantastic Oktoberfest in Munich. The beer festival extravaganza takes place over a number of weeks in a 42 Hectare park called Theresienwiese. It is estimated that over 6 million people flock to the festival each year. This year the festival started on the 17th of September and finished on the 3rd of October.

    Oktoberfest has been in existence in some shape or form since 1810. When King Ludwig 1, married Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on the 12th of October 1810; the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the Royal celebrations. The festival is steeped in history and it should be on every beer or even culture lover’s bucket list.

    The wonderful beer served at Oktoberfest must be brewed within the city limits of Munich and they must adhere to the Reinheitsgebot, which are a strict set of regulations surrounding the amount of ingredients which can be used to brew German beer. These regulations have led to some mind numbingly delicious beers.

    Although Oktoberfest has drawn to a close and not everyone had the pleasure to attend the actual festival in Munich, you can still buy these premium Oktoberfest beers in your local Molloy’s Off License or online.

    Spatenbräu: Lovely amber in colour, with aromas of biscuit, spice and grassy hops. Excellent flavours of roasted biscuit malts with some delightful spicy hops.

    Buy Spatenbräu Online

    Erdinger Oktoberfest: Lovely hazy golden colour, with some nice wheat and clove aromas. Some nice wheat, bread and toffee flavours.

     Buy Erdinger Oktoberfest Online

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  • Bank holiday wine recommendations

    May 3, 2012

    Take inspiration from the wine critics when choosing your bank holiday wine.The Sunday Times has just chosen our La Marca Prosecco (€14.49) as one of the best prosecco in the country!

    They also advised to look out for words on the label which denote better quality - Valdobbiadene means it comes from one of the better vineyard zones, and Spumante means that it is fully sparkling as opposed to lightly sparkling. We are happy to say that our La Marca ticks both boxes!

    Over at The Daily Star, the editor there was 'very impressed with the quality at some very affordable prices.'

    She picked out Ch. du Donjon Grand Tradition Minervois (€9.25), Douro from Caves Messias (€7.49) and Vivolo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (€8.49).  Vivolo is also a bit of a staff favourite, as it happens.

    Need we say more!

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