Egan's Irish Whiskey has released its limited-edition Centenary expression. It marks 100 years since the death of founder Henry Egan who rose to prominence in Tullamore, County Offaly in the 1850s.
The legacy of Egan’s reaches back to 1852, when spirit merchants, bonders and bottlers P. & H. Egan Limited was established in Tullamore, County Offaly. While his brother Patrick Egan was the commercial brains behind P. & H. Egan Ltd., Henry was the company’s public face.
A nod to history
He was politically active too, something that the new whiskey pays homage to. 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. The men refused to wear official prison garments and declared themselves political prisoners. Henry managed to smuggle in a tweed suit for O’Brien to wear. In a nod to this, each bottle of Egan’s Centenary comes with an Irish tweed coaster, produced in partnership with Magee of Donegal.
Centenary is a blend of selected single malt and single grain Irish whiskey, married in XO Cognac casks of French Limousin oak. The complex single malt is balanced with lighter notes of vanilla sweetness from the grain whiskey. A nose with floral notes and accents of honey and apricot turns into a complex taste of light wafers, almond, ginger, and zesty fruits when it hits the palate. The finish is long and gentle, with the ginger notes giving way to lemon zest and liquorice.
“Centenary is a homage to my family’s tradition of bonding and bottling whiskeys of the highest quality since 1852,” said Jonathan Egan, who is responsible for reviving the company. “It is an ongoing testament to Henry and Patrick Egan, whose commitment to excellence has made the Egan’s name synonymous with some of the best Irish whiskeys in the world, and a special mark of respect to Henry and his passionate dedication to his country.”
Egan’s award-winning collection of Irish whiskeys includes the Legacy Reserve series, Legacy Reserve II, a 16-year-old single malt, and the original limited-edition 15-year-old Legacy Reserve alongside Fortitude, Vintage Grain and the brand’s 10-year-old Single Malt. “In keeping with the Egan’s brand heritage of crafting ground-breaking, innovative expressions, we are delighted to bring this unique expression to market” John Ralph, CEO of Intrepid Spirits, the brand’s distribution partner, said.
Centenary, €100, is limited to 780 bottles in Ireland and is available to purchase here.