West Cork Distillers has introduced the first Irish whiskey inspired by and developed in collaboration with internationally acclaimed band, The Pogues.

The whiskey is a collaboration between two of the world’s most renowned distillers, Barry Walsh and Frank McHardy, and is claimed to be the highest malt-containing blended Irish whiskey with 50% single malt.

West Cork Distillers co-founder John O’Connell said: "We wanted to create an Irish whiskey with global appeal, which isn’t without its challenges.

"The Pogues offer a perfect partnership as they share many of the same values as our company such as an independent spirit, a slightly unorthodox approach and a commitment to quality, as well as success on the international stage."

Created for a younger target audience of 25 to 35 year olds, the whiskey has an aroma of malt, cracked nuts, almond and a slight sweetness with a mild chocolate taste and lingering citrus.

West Cork Distillers has appointed the UK’s largest independent drinks manufacturer and distributor, Halewood International, to launch the brand in the domestic market. The whiskey will be sold in the country for £30.

In addition, the distillery is working with more than 16 partners in places such as Europe, Australia, Japan, US and Canada to establish The Pogues Irish Whiskey as a global brand.

Halewood International Halewood International Stewart Hainsworth said: "It is a premium whiskey with excellent quality credentials which we are confident will attract the attention of fans of The Pogues as well as Irish whiskey lovers in general."