March 12, 2018 – The collaboration between the famous Camus Cognac family and the 7th Baron of Revelstoke has resulted in a new Irish whiskey. It’s a story filled with history, fascinating anecdotes and decades of expertise as these families come together. Lambay Irish Whiskey debuts in the U.S. market in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
The whiskey is named after the tiny island of Lambay off the coast of Dublin. The island, which is less than two miles long and just over 400 ft. at its highest point, is owned by Alexander Baring, the aforementioned 7th Baron and a member of the Baring banking family. His great-grandparents, Cecil and his American wife, Maude bought it in 1904 to “escape from the gossip of London and New York society”.
For Cyril Camus, current CEO of the House of Camus, partnering with the Revelstoke Trust to form the Lambay Island Whiskey Company, based in Dublin, is another addition in the company’s global expansion. The family’s blending and maturing expertise, honed over more than 150 years, are evident in the two whiskeys now available for the enjoyment of whiskey lovers in this country:
Lambay Irish Whiskey Small Batch Blend: The finest malted barley and grain whiskeys are carefully blended, triple distilled and matured in bourbon barrels with a pleasant Cognac cask finish. Lambay whiskey is crafted with Lambay Trinity Well water making this whiskey as unique as the island itself. Suggested retail is $30 to $35.
Lambay Irish Whiskey Single Malt: A deliciously smooth unpeated whiskey, triple distilled and finished in selected French Oak Cognac casks. This finish is reinforced by select casks that have been exposed to the sea air and maritime winds on Lambay Island. Suggested retail is $65 to $70.
Here are two classic cocktails to toast St. Patrick:
The Lambay Whiskey Sour
1 3/4 oz Lambay Irish Whiskey Small Batch Blend
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz egg white
Dash orange bitters
Method:Dry shake all ingredients without ice first. Add ice and shake all ingredients again into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish: Edible flowers. Sláinte!
Lambay Old Fashioned
2 oz Lambay Irish Whiskey Small Batch Blend
1/3 oz simple syrup
Dash Angostura bitters
Method: Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass for 45 seconds and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and preserved lemon wheel.