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Barrel Room Chronicles
July 6, 2022

BRC EP 13 – Egan's Irish Whiskey & The Water of Life

This week on a special whiskey Wednesday edition of Barrel Room Chronicles, I speak with Jonathan Egan about his family’s Irish Whiskey legacy. Next, in our World of Weezy segment, we learn all about plums? Then later in the show I’ll speak with returning guest Director / producer Greg Swartz about the latest news on his whiskey documentary, The Water of life in this week’s Whiskey Whereabouts.

Egan’s Welcomes Fourth Premium Irish Whiskey To Portfolio

“Fortitude” Honors Founder Henry J. Egan

NEW YORK, NY (November 7, 2018)— Egan’s pays tribute to co-founder Henry J. Egan with the introduction of Fortitude, a rare single malt Irish whiskey matured exclusively in Pedro Ximénez casks. The only Irish whiskey to be aged in this way, Fortitude demonstrates the ambition of the Egan family to challenge the status quo. The introduction of Fortitude follows the recent release of limited-edition Legacy Reserve and its award-winning predecessors, Egan’s 10-Year-Old Single Malt and Egan’s Vintage Grain. 

“Thanks to Henry, the Egan name is synonymous with quality and heritage in Ireland, becoming a pillar of the whiskey trade in our country from the mid-1800s,” commented John Ralph, CEO of Intrepid Spirits, the brand’s distribution partner. “Fortitude not only celebrates Henry’s achievements but also represents our commitment to continue his legacy of bringing only the highest quality Irish whiskey to the world.”

P.&H. Egan was founded in 1852 in Tullamore, Ireland by Henry J. Egan and Patrick Egan, Sr. As wine & spirit merchants, Egan’s developed an extensive trade–both domestically and for export–bottling and bonding many Irish whiskies as well as importing large quantities of sherry, port and rum.

“His stalwart character and fierce resolve made him a passionate Irishman and formidable businessman, leading the Egan name to become one of the most recognized whiskey brands in Ireland,” remarked Jonathan Egan, part of the sixth generation of the Egan family. “With the marriage of sherry and single malt Irish whiskey, Fortitude is a nod to that time in our heritage when Henry sought to bring the best of Ireland to the world, and best of the world to back home to Ireland.”


Fortitude exhibits beautiful sherry, honey and raisin notes with and a hint of marzipan on the nose. The mouth is full of complexity, brimming with bold influences of chocolate and mixed, dried fruits. The single malt exhibits a satisfyingly long finish, with complex flavors that linger gracefully on the palate. 

Egan’s Fortitude is part of the Intrepid Spirits portfolio, and is available in a 750ml bottle with an SRP of $50.00 (46% ABV, 92 Proof).


About Egan’s

In 1852 Patrick Egan Sr. and Henry J. Egan established P&H Egan, Ltd. in Tullamore, County Offaly, located in the heart of Ireland. This spirited enterprise quickly became one of Ireland’s leading merchant houses, spanning a range of commercial endeavors that included malting, brewing, and bottling. Today, the fifth & sixth generation led by Maurice & Jonathan Egan, proudly carry on the family legacy with whiskey in their blood. Egan’s crafts a range of premium Irish whiskeys, for more information, visit www.eganswhiskey.com


About Intrepid Spirits

Intrepid Spirits has a global distribution network and is committed to bringing innovative and resurging brands to the marketplace. For more information, visit www.intrepid-spirits.com


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The Water of Life Documentary

The Water of Life is a feature documentary that focuses on the craftsmen, chemists, and renegades at the heart of the whisky revolution that turned the stagnant scotch whisky industry of the 1980s into the titan it is today.

Starting behind the locked gates of an abandoned distillery, Jim McEwan and Mark Reynier share their personal experiences of the risk-taking and wild experimentation they used to turn Bruichladdich into what it is today.

The film takes you on the journeys of other early visionaries like Gordon & MacPhail, Billy Walker, Dr. Rachel Barrie and David Stewart, whose mixture of talent, chemistry, hard work, grit, and a little sprinkle of magic paved the way for the next generation of innovators like Adam Hannett, Kelsey McKechnie, Liam Hughes, Iain Croucher, and Eddie Brook.


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Jonathan Egan

Jonathan Egan is the 6th generation of the Egan’s of Tullamore- a family with Irish whiskey in its blood since 1852. Jonathan graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2002 with a BA in Economics. In 2004 Jonathan relocated to Shanghai, China and set up a manufacturing business producing engineered components for US companies. In 2013 together with Jonathan’s father, brother, uncle and cousin, as well as industry veteran John Ralph decided to revive the family whiskey brand and in September 2015 P & H Egan (Tullamore) released their Egan’s Irish Whiskey 10 year old Single Malt. Jonathan and his wife Alison, along with their two children Henry and Sophia currently reside in Chicago, IL.

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Greg Swartz

Executive Producer & Director

After walking away from a job as a newspaper reporter in his native Pennsylvania, Greg moved to Los Angeles to make films. After spending a year at Warner Bros., he moved into commercial production, eventually developing a client roster that included Kia, BMW, United Airlines, and Gray Advertising.

His directorial debut Another Harvest Moon — described by Box-office Magazine as “Powerful, poignant, honest, uncompromising, and touching — won two “Audience Choice” awards and stars Ernest Borgnine, Piper Laurie, Doris Roberts, Cybill Shepherd, Anne Meara and Richard Schiff. It’s currently streaming on Amazon Prime.