ABV: 46 %
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Emptied bottles: 1
Nose: This is sweet and spicy. At first there’s a slightly bready vanilla, honey and malt note. The grain spirit shines through from behind but it’s not harsh or unpleasant. There’s a spicy top layer with a peppermint touch to it. There is a slight dried fruitiness floating around somewhere in the center but it’s not making a big impact on the nose but it moves forward after a while. With time coconut sweetness start to emerge and it becomes very noticable after a while. This is a nice nose for a blend and it is a rather interesting experience.
Mouth: It starts out with a mix of fresh oak and grain sprit spreading out on the edges of the palate. A spicy but gentle pepper note quickly builds up in the center which gives is a nice power-up. The main body still consists of honey, malt and vanilla with the coconut still in there but much less pronounced than on the nose. There’s liquorice coming through as well. The fruitiness is now more like a mild red baked apple. A bitter note builds up around the edges over time.
Finish: The sweetness creates a round center part and it now has a butterscotch note added. The coconut is not a big part anymore and the baked red apples cover the palate on an outside layer. The grain spirit is for the first time coming through as a bit unpleasant. The oakiness has always seemed to be in there and when it starts to come through it brings up the cocnut once again as well as a nice bitter touch. The mild peppermint note hovers above the oak a long way down the late finish. This is a good blend with some good casks involved.
This irish blend is aged for about 6 years in american ex-bourbon barrels, and then finished for 6 months in ex-rum casks. It’s unchillfiltered. The bottle tried was bottled 06/2017.