Clontarf 1014 – Blended

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and spirity. At first there’s a shiny ethanol note sitting on top of a sweet vanilla note. There’s a malty note sitting around the edges of the glass and a bread note develops in the center together with a thin note of baked red apples and some baking spices. It feels pretty harsh and cheap overall though. After a while there’s a lemon note in the back as well. This is a bad nose overall, but there are some decent notes somewhere deep within. But it’s too little to make a difference.

Mouth: It starts out with a bitter note in the back and a very present and unpleasant ethanol layer sitting on top. There’s still a lemon note in the back but here it’s mixed in with a metallic note. In between there’s a generic sweetness and a dry cardboard note. There’s still a bread note and some vanilla within and the apples are detectable, but there’s no incentment to go hunting for them. A weird savory note comes and goes as well.

Finish: The transition starts with a spike of ethanol and oak spicyness and then it gives away some fruity apple and lemon notes. There’s a maltiness pushing through before everything switches to a mix of oak and cardboard with the harsh ethanol notes attached. The oakiness is a bad one and from this point on the experience is really boring and unpleasant. This is a bad whisky. It’s cheap and makes no effort to hide it.

Additional information
This whiskey was triple distilled and filtered through charcoal made from oak. It was aged in ex-bourbon barrels.

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2 reaktioner till “Clontarf 1014 – Blended”

  1. Rather than being a ‘bad’ whiskey, I experience Clontarf as a ‘robust’, ‘unapologetic’ & ‘characterful’ style of whiskey in the entry-level category.
    I enjoy all the whiskeys I drink for their differing styles & have fond memories of the Clontarf I polished off!


    1. Thanks for your opinion! It’s always appreciated. It will always boil down to subjective taste when it comes to whisky/whiskey. But regards to quality, this is, IMO, not a good whiskey, not even compared to most scotch blends out there. I’d rather have JW Red or something like Teacher’s than this. 👍🏻



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