Dingle – The building of a whiskey: Lock-in Livestream

July 13, 2020

Many of the Irish whiskeys you are familiar with, and love, have spent time aging in a variety of wooden barrels. These barrels will most likely have held different wines or spirits before being filled with the new spirit that flows from the Irish whiskey distillery stills. It is the job of the distiller or blender to determine which barrels this new spirit should spend time in.

These barrels can come from anywhere in the world – France, Spain, United States, Portugal and many other wine and spirit producing countries. Whiskeys from these different barrels are eventually married together to create the final product that ends up on your bar cart and in your glass.

This “building” of the whiskey is the crucial part of the process that determines final flavor, complexity and perhaps whether you’ll enjoy it or not!

  • Which barrels work best?
  • How many different barrels should contribute to the final whiskey?
  • What barrels and flavors can overpower others?
  • How does the distiller determine the percentage of each barrel that should contribute to the finished product?

I’m joined this Friday on the Lock-in Livestream by Graham Coull, Master Distiller at Dingle Distillery in the south west of Ireland to answer these questions and more.

Graham is going to lead us through a tasting and examination of each of the three component whiskeys from different barrels that have ended up in Dingle’s most recent Single Malt Irish Whiskey, their Batch 5 release – whiskeys aged separately in ex-bourbon barrels, ex-Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks and ex-Madeira casks.

He’ll take your questions on maturation, on distillation and how a Scotsman ended up in the most westerly distillery in Europe making Irish whiskey.

It’s going to be a great masterclass in blending so get your questions ready and if you have a drop of Dingle whiskey to hand, be sure to pour yourself a drop during our livestream.


Irish whiskeys sipped this week:

  • Dingle Single Malt Batch 5
  • Dingle Single Malt Batch 5 Component whiskeys




Join Barry Chandler, founder and host of Stories & Sips every Friday live on Facebook and YouTube at 7pm EST/4pm PST.

Each week Barry opens up a few different Irish whiskeys and invites a guest or two to join for conversation and craic.

The Lock-in Livestream is a great chance to raise a glass to our health, one another and another week under our belt.

Irish whiskey brings people together. Each Friday 1000s of Irish whiskey fans come together in one place – the Lock-in Livestream. Mark your calendar for this weekly celebration of all things Irish whiskey.