FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — CIL US Wines & Spirits, the American subsidiary of independent and family-owned Camus Wines & Spirits, announced today that it is expanding its US portfolio with the release of Lambay Irish Whiskeys.
Created through a collaboration between Camus, the world’s leading family-owned cognac producer, and the Baring Family’s Revelstoke Trust, the Lambay Irish Whiskey Company combines centuries old Irish Whiskey distilling expertise with equally renowned French Cognac blending and maturing expertise.
“We have been looking at the Irish whiskey category for some time,” said Cyril Camus. “But until recently much of the business was in the hands of few companies. That has changed, and the new Irish brands are exciting consumers. We are delighted to partner with the Baring Family on an Irish Whiskey portfolio that I believe will stand apart, from provenance, taste and manufacturing method.”
Lambay Irish Whiskeys will be released in the US during the first quarter of 2018. The portfolio includes:
- Lambay Irish Whiskey Small Batch Blend: The finest malted, un-malted barley and grain whiskeys, carefully blended, triple distilled and matured in bourbon barrels with a pleasant Cognac cask finish, exposed to the sea air. A touch of Lambay Island Trinity Well Water, renowned for its volcanic properties, makes the whiskey as unique as the island it calls home.
- Lambay Irish Whiskey Single Malt: A deliciously smooth unpeated whiskey, triple distilled and finished in selected French Oak Cognac casks that have been exposed to the sea air and maritime winds on Lambay Island.
The setting for the joint venture and the inspiration for the brand name is Lambay Island, a wildlife sanctuary located off the east coast of Ireland, owned by the Baring Family since 1904. Moved by the Island’s pristine surroundings, the Camus and Baring Families have created an exceptional Irish Whiskey that perfectly conveys the nuances of the natural paradise where the whiskeys are created and finished.
“Lambay Island, which has been dear to our family for decades, offers a unique maritime microclimate which is perfect to adding a distinctive finish to this new range of whiskies we are crafting with the Camus family,” said Alexander Baring, 7th Baron of Revelstoke.
“Our families met three years ago, and this project has been in the works since then,” said Camus. “Our family is renowned for our expertise in extracting a sense of place and converting it into a product. We have done that with Borderies and with Ile de Re, and now we have the opportunity to do that here with Lambay.”
Lambay Irish Whiskey Small Batch Blend Notes:
Color: Oak Brown
Nose: Floral, citrus and lingering spiciness
Palate: Cracked almonds, pepper, malt, floral
Finish: Spiciness with lingering sweetness
ABV: 40%, Non-chill filtered
Lambay Irish Whiskey Single Malt Notes:
Color: Mahogany Brown
Nose: Malt, green fruit, floral, ripe bananas
Palate: Coconut, malt, dried berries
Finish: Long lasting malt with lingering sweetness and green fruits
ABV: 40%, Non-chill filtered
About CIL US Wines & Spirits
CIL US Wines & Spirits, Camus Wines & Spirits’ American subsidiary, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, acts as a distribution company developing the Camus Cognac range, as well as a portfolio of fine wines and craft spirits, including agency brands Lambay Irish Whiskeys, Discovery Point wines and Glencadam Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Its dedicated sales & marketing team focuses on brand activation and brand building in major states, in collaboration with its partner distributors.
About Camus Wines & Spirits
Benefiting from more than 150 years of expertise in producing, supplying and distributing Cognac worldwide, the CAMUS group has successfully moved beyond the category and its traditional stronghold in travel retail through a heightened focus on duty-paid markets and expansion of its portfolio. Today Camus Wines & Spirits is an international independent distributor of a wide variety of mainstream and premium third-party wines & spirits brands such as the Chinese national baijiu Kweichow Moutai in travel retail, Lambay Irish Whiskey and Loudenne Le Chateau wines, as well as Chateau de Laubade Armagnac, Discovery Point New Zealand wines and in China’s domestic market, the whole Gruppo Campari portfolio – including SKYY Vodka, Grand Marnier and Campari – to make CAMUS one of the largest wine & spirits importers/distributors in China today.