Dà Mhìle Whisky: New whisky from Wales
With two whisky distilleries Wales now officially is a whisky producing nation
Since the Dà Mhìle Distillery bottled its first self-produced Inaugural Release two days ago as The Spirits Business announced there are two producing and marketing Whisky distilleries in Wales now (the Penderyn Distillery is on market with it whiskies since 2004). Therefor the minimum requirements according to the EU regulations are fulfilled and Wales can now call itself a whisky producing nation.
Single Grain Whisky is first official release
The first own bottling of the Dà Mhìle Distillery is a single grain whisky. It was matured in ex-Bourbon caks for four years but is released without age statement on the bottle. It is a very limited edition of numbered 70 cl and 50 cl bottles. A grain whisky was chosen according to Managing Director John-James Savage-Onstwedder to set oneself apart from Penderyn Distillery that hasn’t launched a grain whisky yet. The release of a single malt whisky is planned for 2019 and from 2012 onwards there will be single malt and grain whisky releases continuously.
Organic Dà Mhìle Whisky from a small pot still
The special characteristic of the Dà Mhìle Distillery is that here only organic production takes place. Founder of Dà Mhìle, John Savage-Onstwedder, started on those high standards in 1992. Being an organic farmer he delivered 11 tonnes of organic barley to the Springbank Distillery in Campbeltown which produced new spirit for him. He filled 15 hoghsheads with it and meanwhile the whisky that was bottled from those casks has found many lovers and is very popular among collectors. Dà Mhìle also released others whiskies, for example a single grain whisky that was produced at the Loch Lomond Distillery.
In 2010 John applied for a distiller’s license concerning a 350 liters pot still. Regulations of the HMRC demanded for pot stills with a minimum size of 1.500 liters at that time. But these old regulations that dated back to the times of illegal distillation and hidden stills stayed unconsidered and the Dà Mhìle Distillery was given its distilling license some months later. The distillery is run by John-James Savage-Onstwedder, son of the founder. John-James got an intensive training at the Kilchoman Distillery on Islay.