Roe & Co
Named after George Roe, a whiskey maker whose eponymous Dublin distillery was once Ireland’s largest, Diageo are drawing a link between the fact that Roe’s distillery was next door to the (now Diageo-owned) Guinness brewery for hundreds of years.
The Roe & Co liquid itself is a blend of malt and grain whiskeys with a minimum age of five years, that have been aged in predominantly first-fill ex-bourbon casks.
Non-chill-filtered and with an abv of 45%, it wears its US oak influence loud and proud, with plenty of vanilla characters, along with a strong orchard fruit streak – pear in particular – and some distinct peppery spice. Adding water to it amps up the creaminess of the liquid, yet conversely also results in a very dry finish.
Diageo is currently sourcing its liquid from other distilleries, but is planning on building a distillery in Dublin, which is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
Called the St James’s Gate Distillery, it will be built a stone’s throw from George Roe’s old distillery in the old Guinness Power House in The Liberties area of Dublin. The new site will produce malt for its whiskey on-site, while the grain proportion will be sourced from other producers.