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The Hanson

Hanson

Matured in Bourbon & American Craft Whiskey casks sourced from Kentucky and Tennessee. The Hanson is a blend of superior Irish Grain Whiskeys from a selection of interesting distilleries across Ireland.

MAR 2016

Louise travels to the U.S.A. in search of casks

MARCH IS A GOOD TIME TO TAKE A TENNESSEE ROADTRIP—BEFORE THE STICKY HEAT OF SUMMER.

Louise travelled from Kentucky to Tennessee and then on to New York in search of American Craft Bourbon casks. All Bourbon casks are charred to open up the wood for greater flavour. Bourbon’s very big, bold, intense character leaves plenty of flavour in the barrel for a second fill. 

DUB

May 2016

Heading back to Ireland Louise took another road trip—a meandering journey across the island to visit young distilleries for the first time and re-visit some older friends on the hunt for new spirit.

Feb 2020

Develop The Hanson flavour profile through continuous blending and testing

This delicate and sweet expression is full of citrus and vanilla notes with nutmeg clove and honey. Perfect with seafood, by itself, or as an after dinner treat with chocolate this versatile whiskey is a true taste of Cooraclare.

Louise travels to the U.S.A. in search of casks

MARCH IS A GOOD TIME TO TAKE A TENNESSEE ROADTRIP—BEFORE THE STICKY HEAT OF SUMMER.

Louise travelled from Kentucky to Tennessee and then on to New York in search of American Craft Bourbon casks. All Bourbon casks are charred to open up the wood for greater flavour. Bourbon’s very big, bold, intense character leaves plenty of flavour in the barrel for a second fill. 

CVG

Heading back to Ireland Louise took another road trip—a meandering journey across the island to visit young distilleries for the first time and re-visit some older friends on the hunt for new spirit.

DUB

As summer blooms across West Clare the new spirit is introduced to the ex Bourbon casks from Tennessee, Kentucky and New York. This moment—the beginning of an unusual pairing is always a satisfying milestone in the adventure. Now it's time to let the rackhouse do its work.

As the spirit ages Louise wanted The Hanson to become a blend that brings together the best of Irish Grain Whiskey (a first of its kind in modern times). A smooth, versatile whiskey that lends itself to cocktails and pairs well with food.

Louise decided that this whiskey with rich, deep bourbon-influenced noted would be named The Hanson after J.J. Corry's son in law.

He was a revenue man in the early 1900s, who coincidentally was responsible for inspecting casks at Kilrush dock. He was known locally as “The Gauger Hanson.” Sometimes a name and a story are just too serendipitous to ignore—and so The Hanson was christened after another old neighbour.

Jul 2020

The Hanson tasting notes

Palate: A lively start with bright, green apples, toasted coconut continuing from the nose. The influence of fresh oak is clear; with rye grass developing to lemon grass.

We distract ourselves from global pandemic lockdowns by focusing on the maturing whiskey. We finalise The Hanson’s recipe through continuous blending and tasting.

Jun 2020

The Hanson—a meticulously balanced, Blended Irish Grain Whiskey aged in Bourbon casks is bottled on the McGaune family farm.

The original Gauger Hanson probably cycled past this place 100 years ago on his way back to Kilrush. He never imagining he would one day be immortalised here in liquid form. Slainte.

Specifications

Nose

Rich and deep notes of vanilla fudge and toasted coconut speak of the bourbon influence. Top notes of griddled pineapple and lime give a fresh zing.

Palate

A lively start with bright, green apples, toasted coconut continuing from the nose. With influence of fresh oak is clear.

Age Profile

4-11 years old

Cask types

Olorosso and PX Hogshead American Bourbon

First fill Bourbon

Second fill American Craft Whiskey

First fill

Bourbon

Second fill

American Craft Whiskey

ABV ABV 46%

The Hanson

Cocktails

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Cooraclare Irish Coffee

Simple, creamy, cosy

Ingredients
  • 30ml The Hanson
  • 20ml Demera
  • Sugar Syrup*
  • 95ml piping hot black coffee
Method

Pour the coffee and sugar into a small glass, leaving about half an inch of room for cream. Garnish with Freshly whipped cream and a dusting of grated nutmeg.*(Two parts sugar to one part water)

Glass

Stemmed Glass

Garnish

Fresh Whipped Cream & Nutmeg

The Good Buck

Rich, herbal, and smooth

Ingredients
  • 1.5 oz/45 ml The Hanson
  • 0.5 Oz/15 ml simple syrup*
  • 0.5 oz/15 ml lemon juice
  • Dry ginger beer
Method

Add all ingredients except ginger beer in an empty highball glass; top with ice to fill; top with ginger beer; gently stir to mix; garnish with a skewer of candied ginger.

*Equal parts white sugar and warm water, stirred to mix
garnish with a skewer of candied ginger.

Glass

Highball

Garnish

Candied Ginger

Cooraclare Irish Coffee

Simple, creamy, cosy

Ingredients
  • 30ml The Hanson
  • 20ml Demera
  • Sugar Syrup*
  • 95ml piping hot black coffee
Method

Pour the coffee and sugar into a small glass, leaving about half an inch of room for cream. Garnish with Freshly whipped cream and a dusting of grated nutmeg.*(Two parts sugar to one part water)

Glass

Stemmed Glass

Garnish

Fresh Whipped Cream & Nutmeg

Pair The Hanson with

Sliced Irish Skirt Steak with a side of Red Chimichurri sauce

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