Egan's Irish Whiskey has released a special edition expression to commemorate 100 years since the passing of co-founder, Henry Egan. Egan was a spirit merchant, bonder, and bottler who made his mark on Irish history as a leading figure in the struggle for an independent Ireland. His fighting spirit lives on through Centenary, an expertly crafted blend of single malt and single grain Irish whiskey, limited to just 5,995 bottles world-wide.
All encompassing, the complex character of single malt whiskey is balanced with sweet notes of vanilla from the grain whiskey. Blended in XO Cognac casks of French Limousin oak, the rich flavor is further enhanced and non chill-filtered to retain its unique characteristics.
“Centenary is a remarkable spirit that pays homage to Henry Egan, a man that was passionate about his craft and dedicated to his country,” said Jonathan Egan. “Since 1852, my family has been bonding and bottling the highest quality of Irish whiskeys, and it is with great pride that we keep that legacy alive today.”
Egan’s, a multi-generational brand known for sourcing and bottling only the finest whiskeys, was established by brothers Henry and Patrick Egan in 1852 in Tullamore, County Offaly. Patrick was the commercial brains behind P. & H. Egan Ltd. while Henry was the company’s public face, as well as a political Irishman of conviction serving as secretary of the Tullamore Land League.
In 1887, Henry was involved in the ‘Tullamore Tweed’ incident, when Land League leaders William O’Brien, M.P. and John Mandeville were imprisoned at Tullamore Gaol (jail). The men refused to wear official prison garments, protesting their non-criminal status and declaring themselves as political prisoners. Henry managed to smuggle in a suit of Irish Blarney Tweed, a soft hat, and an emerald green tie for O’Brien to wear in defiance of the authorities.
In a nod to the ‘Tullamore Tweed’ incident, each bottle of Egan’s Centenary comes with an Irish tweed coaster, produced in partnership with Magee of Donegal.
“Egan’s Irish Whiskey is deeply rooted in tradition and history,” said John Ralph, CEO of Intrepid Spirits, the brand’s distribution partner. “Behind each bottle is a story, making each limited release a unique collector’s item for true connoisseurs.”
Centenary’s profile has floral notes with accents of honey and apricot on the nose. A combination of light wafers, almond, ginger, and zesty fruits linger on the palate. The finish is long and gentle with hints of ginger giving way to lemon zest and licorice.
Centenary is part of the Intrepid Spirits portfolio and is available in the U.S. at select retailers. The 750ml bottle has a SRP of $100.00 (46% ABV, 92 Proof).