Two distinguished families, a new kind of Irish whiskey, and a place of inaccessible mystery. Once upon a most unusual island, two entrepreneurial spirits from two very old families decided to form a unique partnership. Together, they’d make a whiskey. But not just any whiskey – their triple distilled Irish whiskey would be one of dynasty and devilment, of rarity and refinement.
Their idea was to craft an innovative Irish whiskey inspired by the island of Lambay, ancestral home of Alexander Baring, and finished with the techniques and expertise of Maison Camus, ancestral home of Cyril. Alexander Baring hails from the peculiar paradise of Lambay Island, a mere three miles off the coast of Dublin. Lambay Island, a veritable odyssey of oddities, is also home to a herd of grazing cattle, an improbability of puffins and an even more improbable troupe of red-necked wallabies. The entrepreneurial Cyril Camus, is part of the fifth generation of Maison Camus, that illustrious French family famous the world over for their incomparable Cognac. Bonded by a love of nature and the finer things in life, Cyril and Alexander make the perfect partners in whiskey production.
Lambay Island has been in the hands of the Baring family since 1904. Today Lambay Island is owned by Alexander Baring, the seventh Baron Revelstoke. Alex lives a quiet life with his family (along with the puffins and wallabies) on this unique island paradise just three miles off the coast of Dublin.
Cecil Baring, who would later become the third Baron Revelstoke, worked at the New York branch of the family banking business in the latter years of the 19th century. He developed a great fascination in natural history and travelled extensively in pursuit of this interest. In 1902, Cecil Baring eloped with New Yorker Maude Lorillard, the daughter of American tobacco magnate, Pierre Lorillard. Eighteen months after their marriage, and while travelling in Europe to escape the gossipers of high society, Cecil saw an advertisement in The Field that read “Island for Sale”. He bought Lambay Island in 1904 for the princely sum of £5,250. This price translates to £607,838.71 today!
Many of the Baring family members were extraordinary, often eccentric, characters and the island’s legendary soirees were often the talk of the mainland. Rupert, the fourth Lord Revelstoke, who died in 1994, was especially colourful. He lived on Lambay Island for six decades and passed the time thereby writing doggerel. He also cared for the castle garden, and often spent the early hours of the morning playing chess.
The sixth Lord Revelstoke (Alexander’s father), James Cecil Baring, learned to fly Vampire jets in the RAF and later, as a member of the prestigious Tiger Club, made a name for himself as a daredevil racing and aerobatics pilot. He built the landing strip on Lambay and was the first to land an aircraft on the island. In the mid-60s he purchased and ran Regent Sound Studios in London, where the Rolling Stones made their first LP, and Jimi Hendrix pitched up to cut his first disc.
Camus, the world’s leading family-owned cognac producer prides itself on the legacy of five generations of faithfully preserving the brand’s original values. The legendary cognac house is behind the shaping, polishing and finishing of Lambay Irish Whiskey, with Monsieur, Patrick Léger as Master Blender. Camus owes its international reputation to the richness and extreme subtlety of flavour found in its Cognacs, offering a complexity that appeals to all the senses. The demanding work undertaken by the cellar master to perpetuate this unique style is based on the blending of eaux-de-vie from different crus and of different ages, requiring a combination of technical skill, inspiration and intuition.
The cellar master’s quest for perfect harmony gives rise to an exceptional selection process, with the choices made according to the flavour desired for each creation: floral or fruity notes, how well the crus complement each other, barrel selection and achieving the perfect balance. Monsieur Léger selects only the finest French oak casks in his pursuit of the perfect Irish whiskey finish. These casks, shipped to the shores of Lambay Island from the cellars of Camus, hold rich aromas that influence our whiskey’s finish, rich colour and taste. As a final flourish, we take water from Lambay Island’s own Trinity Well to carefully craft this remarkable Single Malt Irish whiskey to a perfect balance of 40% ABV.