Velvet Cap Irish whiskey is the latest small batch release by Blackwater Distillery. This whiskey is a blend of malt and grain sourced from the finest distilleries.This whiskey is aged in a combination of ex bourbon, port and stouted rye casks. The Velvet Cap brand has been revived by Blackwater Distillery in County Waterford. Velvet caps were traditionally worn by jockeys in point-to-point racing, dating from 1752. Riders raced over fence and ditch between two churches - from one steeple to another, hence the term 'steeplechase'.