LAMBAY WHISKEY VIP ISLAND EXPERIENCE
Craft Irish Whiskey | Maritime Maturation | Whiskey Masterclass | History & Heritage | Private family owned island
Lambay Island may be barely three miles off the east coast of Ireland, but it retains an air of inaccessible mystery. When WB Yeats visited the island in the 1880’s, he compared his experience to landing on a remote South Seas island for the first time.
When Cecil and Maude Baring acquired Lambay Island in 1904, the 15th century castle was very dilapidated, but they engaged the renowned Anglo-Irish architect Edwin Lutyens to rebuild and develop it as a family residence in the Arts & Crafts style, which he did from 1908-1910. The Castle is both protected and enhanced by the surrounding sycamore woods and the terraced gardens designed by the renowned Gertrude Jekyll.
Today the island remains in the hands of the charming Baring family who live completely off-grid and Alexander Baring is spearheading what has become known as “The Lambay Initiative”, a comprehensive effort to preserve this unique island ensuring that not only its coastline, flora, fauna and architecture are kept protected and nurtured, but that the original culture and values transmitted from generation to generation are kept alive in a vibrant yet discreet lifestyle which instantly appeals to all who are fortunate to experience it.
At a time when Lambay Island is more and more recognised as a unique retreat for Wellness and Provenance, the nascent activity of Whiskey Making is testimony to how much Lambay Island is a sanctuary for a distinctive and enjoyable way of life.
Lambay Irish Whiskey Company (LIWC) made their market debut in 2018 as an independent whiskey company based in Dublin. The company, borne from a collaboration between Camus (Cyril Camus) the world’s leading family-owned cognac producer, and the Baring Family’s Revelstoke Trust (Alexander Baring). Both gentlemen have ancestral lineages and shared history and came together to create a unique Irish whiskey with a difference. Lambay Irish Whiskey is a combination of centuries-old Irish whiskey making expertise and five generations of French cognac blending and maturation expertise. Currently sourcing liquid from independent distilleries in Ireland, LIWC are ultimately a blending and bottling company with ambition to have a micro- distillery on Lambay Island by 2025. A craft whiskey focused on the impact of maritime maturation on casks, the island hosts a bonded warehouse called the Sea Cask room and water from Lambay island’s Trinity Well, is used in the finish of the whiskey. Lambay Whiskey is a portfolio that bring a unique cognac cask finish to the Irish whiskey category. The portfolio includes Lambay Small Batch Blend, Lambay Malt, Lambay Single Cask Strength.
Begin your Lambay Whiskey Experience at the seaside marina in Malahide north county Dublin. Guests are warmly welcomed by a Lambay Whiskey expert and escorted to the island via private boat transfer. Embrace the sea air as you travel across the Irish sea and enjoy the wonderful views of Malahide and Lambay island from afar. On arrival, you will be personally welcomed by a member of the Baring family and from the harbour, your adventure begins with a guided walking tour to the family Castle and grounds. Within the sycamore forest be amazed by the family history and buildings dating back as far as the 15th century. Where history and architecture intertwine along with incredible stories of the family lineage, you may even spot a wallaby or two as they live happily here along with other wildlife flora and fauna on Lambay.
After the tour, guests are invited to discover the unique story of Lambay Irish Whiskey. Begin with a three-part whiskey masterclass in the island’s boathouse hosted by our whiskey expert. Both interactive and fun, two Lambay whiskeys are paired with craft chocolate and the story of Lambay whiskey is explained. All Lambay whiskeys are finished in French oak cognac casks from the prestigious cognac house Camus. These casks are presented after the tasting by an exclusive visit to the islands Sea Cask Room where the art of maritime maturation is both explained and savoured.
All the time, you are surrounded by an abundance of wildlife; the island supports one of the largest and most important seabird colonies in Ireland. One of the more unexpected species that inhabits the island is the mob of red-necked wallabies. Rupert Baring had two tame wallaby pets in the 1950s, which later prompted Dublin Zoo to approach him when they found themselves with a surplus in the 1980s. As well as farm animals, such as sheep and cattle, there is also a large herd of deer and the surrounding sea shores are home to a curious colony of Great Atlantic grey seals.
When it comes time to leave, you’ll receive a gift pack with some Lambay whiskey goodies… a little souvenir of a day well spent. In your pack, you will also find a discount voucher to purchase some Lambay Whiskey in Gibneys of Malahide.
ALL WHISKEY USED FOR THE SERVICE OF THIS PRODUCT IS SERVED UNDER THE TRADING LICENCE OF GIBNEYS OF MALAHIDE.
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