In a world where past and future merge, the stage is set for a legendary battle that echoes throughout Éire. The Cattle Raid of Cooley, reimagined in a universe fused of Celtic lore and otherworldly tech, centres between the valiant Cú Chulainn and the cunning Queen Medb, as they battle it out for the mighty Brown Bull of Cooley, Donn Cuailnge.
Just as the legendary figures clashed on the battlegrounds of Cooley, we thought it fitting to honour their story with a whiskey born of that very land.
Hound of Ulster
Dawn breaks, casting first light on Cú Chulainn. Clad in futuristic armour, he stands imposing on the battlefield. As Medb’s forces advance, he charges with the might of a tempest. Wielding his spear the Gáe Bulg with both ferocity and precision, it pierces the air, with each strike unleashing devastation to its victims. Its lethal design with multiple barbs deals maximum damage, leading Cú Chulainn through his adversaries like a force of nature, his actions fueled by the fierce spirit of Ulster.
the warrior queen:
Opposite him is Queen Medb, the formidable queen of Connacht, who ignites the epic Táin Bó Cúailnge by leading a massive army to seize the Brown Bull of Cooley, a quest driven by her desire for power and equality with her husband Ailill. A master strategist and diplomat, she skillfully navigates alliances and confrontations, especially with the hero Cú Chulainn who valiantly defends Ulster. Throughout the conflict, Medb showcases her cunning and adaptability, using various tactics to counter Cú Chulainn’s resistance.
the brown bull of cooley:
The magnificent beast at the heart of the Irish epic. His impressive stature and the rich brown of his hide mark him as a creature of both beauty and power, a living symbol of prosperity and strength in the ancient province of Ulster. Coveted by Queen Medb for his unmatched value, he becomes the unwitting prize in a conflict that draws the boundaries of desire and rivalry. It’s roar is said to echo the tensions between kingdoms, his very presence an omen of the tumultuous events to unfold. As the armies of Connacht and Ulster clash, Donn Cuailnge’s fate is entwined with the land’s very soul, his destiny a mirror to the pride and tragedy of the human warriors.
The battle rages, a symphony of clashing steel and whirring machinery. Cú Chulainn carves a path through Medb’s forces, his heroics a beacon of hope. Medb, with her keen mind, adapts her tactics, countering his strength with her cunning. The land around them bears witness to this clash of titans, a battleground for ideals, strength, and strategy.
As the day wanes, it’s clear this is more than a battle over a legendary bull; it’s a clash of epochs, ideologies, and legends. Cú Chulainn, Medb, and Donn Cuailnge each play their part in this grand narrative, a tale of courage, ambition, and power in a world where past meets future.
|Double Distilled Single Malt
|1st Fill Ex-Bourbon
Upon first encounter with TÁIN’s aroma is an indulgence in the classic richness of aged Irish whiskey. The nose is greeted with a harmonious blend of vanilla sweetness and the warmth of baked apple pie. Delicate floral notes are balanced by a comforting hint of cinnamon spice and the earthy depth of caramelised sugar, reminiscent of an Irish autumn.
On the palate, TÁIN reveals its full-bodied character, offering a cascade of flavours that envelop the senses. The initial taste is a luscious combination of creamy toffee and ripe, juicy pears. This gives way to the complexity of toasted almonds and a subtle interplay of spices. Mid-palate, one can detect the slight zest of citrus peels intertwined with the rustic charm of oak.
This is where TÁIN’s two decades of maturation truly shine, providing a finish that is both long and satisfying. It leaves a lingering sensation of warm honey and malt, with a final note of vanilla that gently fades, inviting yet another sip of this exquisite spirit.
As a testament to its exclusivity, each bottle of TÁIN carries its unique bottle number, each totally just 66 in the release. This limited-edition release is a treasure for connoisseurs and collectors alike, an Irish whiskey that truly stands the test of time.