Roe & Co team up with Guinness for a new whiskey in time for Christmas

by Rachel Darcy

Roe & Co have announced a brand new partnership with their neighbours, the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, this festive season.

With both the Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Roe & Co’s Distillery located in the heart of Dublin 8, the whiskey brand wanted to showcase the best of the south inner city with two new unique expressions of whiskey, and two experimental beers.

Roe & Co’s Master Blender, Caroline Martin, collaborated with the Head Brewer at Guinness Open Gate Brewery, Peter Simpson, to create something truly unique, based on the reaction between these products.

The process started with the two beers, which Caroline chose, Citra IPA and Antwerpen Stout, which were aged in Roe & Co Irish whiskey casks to create two unique and brilliant whiskey finished beers.

Roe & Co blended Irish whiskey was then filled back into these same casks within 24 hours of the beer being disgorged, to rest and react with the wood to deliver two very magical beer cask finished whiskeys. One influenced by Guinness Citra IPA and one influenced by Guinness Antwerpen Stout.

The result of this experiment produced the Roe & Co Cask & Keg collaboration, with two unique variants of Irish Whiskey from Roe & Co – a Citra IPA cask finished Roe & Co. blended Irish whiskey (€85) and an Antwerpen Stout cask finished Roe & Co blended Irish whiskey (€85).  

The Cask & Keg whiskey Tasting Notes of both whiskeys are distinct, with one providing a more fruity flavour whilst the other packs a richer punch.

The Citra IPA cask finished Roe & Co. blended Irish whiskey sees their signature blend finished in Guinness Citra IPA casks, revealing notes of citrus sherbet, apricot jam, grapefruit peel and white peach.

The Antwerpen Stout cask finished Roe & Co blended Irish whiskey is finished in Guinness Antwerpen stout casks, with notes of honeycomb, burnt molasses, coffee, cocoa and chocolate-covered liquorice.

Roe & Co Cask & Keg, Distillery exclusive whiskeys can be bought individually at €85 or as a giftset retailing at €95 for one bottle of the chosen whiskeys and four beers (Two of each finish). 

Available from 16th December, purchased through

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