West Cork Cask Collection – Black Cask

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Ireland
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and quite gin-like. There’s prominent notes of both pine and juniper. Behind that, toffee and vanilla are contending with a substancial layer of harsh grain spirit, some liquorice root and a metallic note.

Mouth: It starts out much sweeter than on the nose. It’s sort of a simple raw processed sugar sweetness but with time it shifts towards a honey note. The pine is still in the mix together with vanilla and toffee. It still has a backbone of harsh grain spirit with a slight metallic note to it. It’s mild but shows a little spicyness on the toungue.

Finish: Vanilla, toffee and an artificially sweet aspartam-like note take point together with pine and a slightly bitter oakiness. There’s still unpleasant grain spirit baseline that clings to the mouth. When the oak finally gets to be alone it actually turns out to be quite nice with a hint of assorted fruits suddenly coming through. This is not a good whisky, but the late finish makes it bearable.

Additional information
This blended irish whisky contains ~66 % grain and ~33 % malt spirit. It’s aged in first fill american bourbon barrels and then finished in double charred #5 barrels. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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