McAllister Irish Spirits is proud to present our Family Bond series of hand-selected releases, Clan Colla Irish Whiskey and Xin Gin. The launch of McAllister Irish Spirits’ first products and the start of construction on our new distillery in the village of Ahascragh marks the beginning of this exciting journey.
While we wait for the first drop of spirit to be made at the Ahascragh Distillery, we’re launching this Family Bond series of hand selected releases including Clan Colla 11 Year Old Blend and 19 Year Old Single Malt and Xin Gin. These special releases, although not distilled in Ahascragh, are partly matured, finished, and blended by McAllister Irish Spirits and bottled in the village.
We’re looking forward to bringing you these exceptional products and celebrating many more milestones!
The McAllister name can be traced back to Irish whiskey making in the 1800s. McAllister’s Clan Colla whiskey was known far and wide. However, at the turn of the century, the fall of Irish whiskey took Clan Colla with it. Now, McAllister Irish Spirits are reviving it. The name derives from Irish legends of The Three Collas. Colla Uais, Colla Fo Chrí and Colla Menn were three brothers who conquered and ruled over most of Ireland. From The Three Collas descended the noble families of Ireland and Scotland, the “Clan Colla”. The McAllisters are one such family.
The 19 Year Old Single Malt was distilled in 2001 and represents an extremely limited release. This sourced release from McAllister Irish Spirits spent 19 years in first fill American White Oak Bourbon Casks, before being finished in Spanish Oloroso Butts from Jerez.
The 11 Year Old Blend is a smooth yet complex blend of malt and grain whiskeys. This sourced malt has been double distilled, blended with grain, triple casked in ex Bourbon Barrels, Oloroso Sherry Butts and Peated Casks, and aged for 11 years.
Xin’s creators, Michelle and Gareth McAllister, have Irish blood, and Asian hearts. After spending many years in Asia, they wanted to merge what they loved about their two homes. The word itself means ‘heart’ or ‘feelings’ in Mandarin. The design of the bottle, with ancient celtic swirls contrasted with a modern eastern aesthetic reflects the liquid inside – a perfect balance of European and Oriental botanicals. The cross shaped label represents a promise to stay connected and a crossing point of the two cultures.
Michelle McAllister has created a juniper-led dry gin with fresh citrus notes of orange zest and lemongrass combined with the exotic taste of the Asian fruit, persimmon, held by an earthy, herbaceous undertone of dill and cinnamon spice.
Our Family Bond series is available to purchase online now & coming soon to all good stockists. Sláinte!