A treasure to behold.
The Golden Vale is a picturesque region of rolling hills and pasture land in southwestern Ireland spanning three counties — Limerick, Tipperary, and Cork. Tipperary Distillery is a brand-spank’in new operation that sits in the middle of this small patch of God’s country. Founded in 2016, their own distillery is under construction. But until then they are contracting out to other boutique distilleries in the region to supply them with their first signature spirits, of which, currently there are three: The Rising, Watershed, and Knockmealdowns.
Being a small operator — a boutique distillery — just about everything that they do is “limited.” For Tipperary Watershed Boutique Selection Single Malt Irish Whiskey, each release is limited to six casks. Each one is a first-fill ex-Bourbon barrel filled with premium Irish Whiskey selected by Malt Master Stuart Nickerson. The spirit is cut to a spot-on 47% ABV with local spring water and each bottle is individually hand-numbered. And we do not detect a single artificial coloring or nasty additive has been within twenty miles of this lovely dram.