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Whiskey(Whisky) Tasting Notes: Featuring Talnua Distillery

Faugh a Ballagh, or “Clear the Way.”

This is Talnua Distillery’s motto as they pave the way to bringing distinct whiskey flavors and characters to America.

Talnua Distillery, as well as the attached tasting room, are dedicated to bringing you the classic old-world style of American expressions. What makes this distillery stand out from the rest? For one, it’s North America’s one and only single pot still distillery incorporating the traditional recipe.



Talnua distillery aims to produce exceptional spirits

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A bighorn ram standing on Colorado’s Front Range flatirons is found on the distillery’s seal. Behind it is the triskele moon, representing the Irish-Gaelic origins of the brand. The name “talnua” comes from “talamh” and “nua”, Irish-Gaelic words which mean “land” and “new,” respectively. This is a brand that wants to tell their story, share their passion, and honor tradition.


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A Love Affair With Single Pot Still Whiskey


Couple Meagan and Patrick Miller have a family history deeply rooted in Irish ancestry. While watching the 2011 World Cup Match between Ireland and the USA, they decided to enjoy some whiskey. The Galway pub’s bartender was keen on having them taste the first single pot still whiskey released in decades.

As they enjoyed the drink, the bartender shared interesting notes about the whiskey’s history. This was when the couple fell in love with single pot still whiskey. It wasn’t long before they decided to bring this unique style to America.

Why It’s the First Single Pot Still Distillery in America


Talnua Distillery first opened its doors in Arvada Colorado in March 2019, though the project itself began early in July 2017 through the efforts of Meagan and Patrick Miller. The distillery has been hailed as the first American whiskey distillery to follow the Irish single pot still regulations. 

These regulations require 30% unmalted barley and 30% malted barley at minimum, along with wort separation for its fermentation. The distillation should be in 100% copper pot stills. Talnua Distillery follows these rules religiously.


All their expressions are made to honor Gaelic-Irish tradition

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This technique has long been a rarity, but with Talnua Distillery, the style is being resurrected. Currently, the distillery has 128 whiskey barrels aging. The distillery plans on having special whiskey releases every St. Patrick’s Day in celebration.

Talnua Distillery Expressions

1. Talnua Quarter Cask Whiskey



The first-ever estate-produced whiskey of its kind outside Ireland

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The Talnua Quarter Cask Whiskey is an American single pot still whiskey aged in quarter casks. It comes in a clear copper or amber color. With a mash bill of 100% unmalted and malted barley, it’s triple-distilled in copper pot stills.

The flavor dances with spicy oak flavors thanks to the quarter casks. The barley mash also gives you sweet, grassy and malty hints, with a lingering finish of spicy grains.

2. Talnua Heritage Selection Whiskey



An expression honoring the blending pot still and grain whiskey tradition in Ireland

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The Talnua Heritage Selection Whiskey is a blend of pot still and grain whiskey. This light whiskey is easy to drink, with subtle notes of grain whiskey that complement the pot still’s spicy and dark flavors. This is a very balanced whiskey perfect for those looking for light drinks.

3. Talnua Finglas Gin



It’s not your usual G&T ingredient

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The Talnua Finglas Gin is made using a single pot still. The mash bill is of malted and unmalted barley which is then triple distilled using the traditional genever style. This gives the gin a bright, citrusy, and cereal-sweet flavor.

4. Talnua Finglas Dubdair Barrel Finished Gin



One of the distillery’s unique products

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The Talnua Finglas Dubdair Barrel Finished Gin is an American single pot still gin. It’s finished in American white oak barrels, providing a complex character of oak and barley sweetness.  A full-bodied drink that unites hints of herbals and botanicals, it can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in a Mule of Martinez cocktail.

Talnua Distillery: Bringing Something New to the Table

Unique styles of whiskey and even gin; this is what Talnua brings to North America. The traditional Gaelic distilling methods they use ensures the whiskeys are authentic and flavorful. You can also find hand-selected Irish whiskeys, gins, and oak gins available at the distillery.


Where to Buy Links


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