Straw Boys Vodka Irish 750ml
$60.99 price per bottle
Because Americans often equate potatoes with Ireland, using potatoes to make Irish vodka makes some sense, at least at first blush. However, because the Connacht Distillery is located in western Ireland where potato farming is not particularly prevalent, we opted to base our vodka on grain. It is batch distilled in our copper pots stills and hand bottled at our distillery at 80 proof (40% ABV). Our vodka has a rich mouth feel that is luscious, silky, and semi-sweet. As we do for our poitin, we're using the Straw Boys name and logo with our vodka. Like the wedding crashing straw boys of western Ireland, our vodka is fun and spirited. Straw Boys Irish Vodka was also awarded 94 points and a Gold Medal from the Tastings International Review of Spirits making it one of the highest rated vodkas in the world! It was given a gold medal and named best Irish vodka at the 2016 Irish Whiskey Awards and repeated with another gold medal at the 2017 awards.
The Connacht Whiskey Company Ltd. is the result of a dream shared by four men, three Americans and one Irishman, to bring pure pot still Irish whiskey back to the West of Ireland after an absence of over 100 years. These men share bonds of family and friendship. They also share a respect of heritage and a commitment to Connacht, one of the most natural and unspoiled regions of Ireland. Like many Irish-Americans, the Stapletons were eager to reconnect with family in Ireland. Over tea one afternoon in an Irish B & B, the American Stapletons found cousins who had chosen to remain in Ireland. Both families, on either side of the Atlantic, had flourished.
Recognizing that no Irish companies were making Irish whiskey, the Stapletons decided that the Irish deserved to have their own distillery and that Americans needed more choices in what Irish whiskey they could buy in the U. S. They decided to build an independently-owned Irish distillery that would produce craft products of the finest order. They realised, however, that they needed more expertise in craft distilling, marketing, and sales to make their dream a reality, so they reached out to friends.
Two friends joined them to make the dream a reality. The first friend was an award-winning master distiller who had won numerous international gold medals and also custom designed stills. The second friend had over thirty years experience in the complicated U. S. spirits industry. That friend's mother happened to have been born and raised in County Sligo, 30 minutes from the distillery. This is the dream of four men who combine the best of what it means to be Irish and American.