Bill Phil Batch 01
A small-batch triple distilled peated single malt.
Following on from the successful launch of Ireland’s first triple-distilled peated single malt whiskey in over half a century at Whiskey Live 2019, W.D. O’Connell Whiskey Merchants have launched the next release in their Peated Series, Bill Phil Batch 01.
Bill Phil Batch 01 (600 bottles) is bottled at 47.5% abv, aged exclusively in first fill bourbon barrels and is once again sourced from John Teelings Great Northern Distillery, Dundalk.
The story behind the name and the name behind the story…
The Bill Phil Sleán
William Philip O’Connell (pictured) was a blacksmith in the West Limerick village of Mountcollins. There were a good many O’Connell families in the village and its surrounds so nicknames were needed to avoid confusion—and so my family became known as the Bill Phils. Bill Phil was also a farmer and a merchant storekeeper (Pictured). He was well known for making a great sleán (a tool for footing turf) My grandfather, Jackie Bill Phil followed his father into the family business and continued to make the Bill Phil Sleán. It was all coming to an end as I was growing up but I was lucky enough to hear the stories and watch the work in the forge. So when we created this peated Irish whiskey, it was almost inevitable that it too would take the name of Bill Phil.
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