The new kid on the block – Kalak Vodka
Crafted from 100% Irish malted barley and pure mountain water. Kalak Vodka is the brainchild of Tipperary born, Patrick Shelley.
It is four times pot distilled in West Cork and subsequently carbon filtered.The end result is a vodka of immense purity and smoothness, with the added depth and complexity that one may expect from a fine whisky.
Kalak is a phonetic spelling of “An Cailleach“, the Irish Celtic Goddess and queen of winter.
Legend has it that Kalak was the closest thing the Celts had to mother nature. She was the embodiment of the darker, more powerful side of nature, and the side that has inspired our brand. Kalak’s staff, featured on our bottle and woven through our brand name, held her power. It shaped the land and controlled the weather. With it she struck the ground, making the earth harden with frost, and the veil of winter spread across the land from this point.
It is a great example of a vodka that offers both elegance and range, with a sophisticated, complex character that reveals various details as it evolves on the palate. Kalak also has a great production story that begins with Irish malted barley, which is in itself significant as barley is rarely used to distill vodka”
On the nose, notes of freshly baked brioche with vanilla and fruity freshness are followed on the palate by a smooth and elegant texture with hints of dark chocolate, creaminess and rich ripe fruit, and finishes with a soft, warm and lingering complexity.
Patrick used his experience in the international luxury goods market, having worked in a senior role with LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) in France, UK, Germany, Austria, South East Asia, and Russia, he had the opportunity to represent some of the world’s top wine & spirits brands among others Hennessy, Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, Krug, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg and Belvedere vodka.
“LVMH instilled into me the three ingredients of a successful international wine & spirits brand – Excellence of product, a striking visual identity and a compelling brand story. It also taugh me never to compromise on quality – thus the reason it took almost 3 years of trials and development before our first batch of Kalak Vodka was produced” says Patrick Shelley – Founder & Managing Director of Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd.
Kalak Vodka is available in the Celtic Whiskey Shop, Dublin. RSP €43.99
Tel: +33 619 60 17 78
A Classically trained Chef, food writer and Culinary instructor having worked in some of Dublin and London Michelin star establishments such as Chapter One, Dublin, Gordon Ramsay, London & the 5* Boutique hotel, The Dylan among others. His work is regularly featured in some of the leading magazines and newspapers in Ireland and he is currently working on a book about Irish Honey due to be published later in 2015.