Inspired by its original pioneering culture that rejected tradition and the norm, The Kasc Project is the world’s first series of whiskeys made in hybrid casks. Each cask is individually constructed from a mix of five different types of wood, including unusual oak varieties and even chestnut (Irish regulations unlike in Scotland allow maturation in ‘wood’ rather than ‘oak’). The hybrid casks feature Portuguese oak, French oak, American oak, Hungarian oak and Chestnut, all of which helps create a blend of rich unusual new flavours.
The first expression, ‘Kasc Project’, described as ‘a riot of unconventional flavours’ comprises of a blend of malt and grain whiskeys, bottled at 43% ABV with no chill filtration and without adding artificial colouring.
“This is an escape into the new ways of whiskey making. If you are a traditional whiskey drinker, this is not the whiskey for you. This is a daring and unconventional whiskey – it’s a riot of wood” says Zak Oganian, managing director of Kinahan’s.
Tasting notes (from producer)
Nose: Red plum, gentle hint of pear, red apple and tropical fruits, Mediterranean caramel spice
Palate: Vanilla charred oaky notes of ripe mango with caramelised tropical fruits and chocolate caramel, lingering sun-dried raisin and fig.
Finish: Gentle nutmeg, orange, clove, floral sweet honeycomb and syrupy pineapple.