In the late 1400′s the art of distillation made its way to Ireland. Irish Catholic monks used it to craft a beverage called Aqua Vitae in Latin, Uisce Beatha in Irish or Gaelic and Water of Life in English.It was barely drinkable because of how crudely and quickly it was made. In 1498 a monk by the name of Padraig Barry discovered a solution… a pure grain process that turned young, hardly drinkable whiskey into a surprisingly rich and smooth beverage… a mysterious process he called Ké.In 1536 Henry VIII decided to remove the Catholic Church from his kingdom. His crusade started with a campaign to wipe out the Irish monasteries. The monks were forced to flee. Padraig had to leave his secret process behind. But within a year, it mysteriously found its way to his brother, Aidan. Whose descendants have protected it now for over 470 years. And now, you can experience the mysterious – Ké Spirits.
The Mystery of Ké
Over the next 5 years Joe worked with a top distiller to interpret the ancient Gaelic instructions he found and recreate the original process for himself. Old Joe is now delighted to announce that Ké is back and it works its magic on other spirits as well.
Now Mysterious Ké is in your hands. Uncork the mystery and enjoy the unique and remarkable experience of Ké Vodka, Ké Tequila, and Ké Whiskey. Soon we’ll be bottling our own Ké Gin and Ké Rum, as well.
According to the story, the Barry family preserved and protected the Mysterious Ké process for 470 years from Kings, invaders, thieves and raiders.
In 2007, retired and restless, Joe ventured back to Ireland to see if the story was true. Not only did he find it was true… he tasted it. In the back of an old pub a distant cousin shared a glass of young whiskey made with the secret Ké process. It was a moment Joe will remember for the rest of his life. The ancient process created a remarkably rich and smooth taste and texture normally reserved for much more mature and expensive whiskeys.