Kategoriarkiv: Ireland

Clontarf 1014 – Single Malt

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

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

Teeling Small Batch Rum Cask Finish

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Ireland
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
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.

Additional information
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.

Jameson Black Barrel

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and oaky. At first there’s a sweet core with a spicy oak cloud surrounding it. There are notes coming through with rye, charcoal and liquorice. When it starts to settle there are grain spirit, vanilla, toffee and honey starting to shine through in the background. It’s a very mild nose with few changes over time. It’s a bit boring but good enough to not be off-putting.

Mouth: It starts out quite flat with notes of banana, honey, bread and red apples. It is quite sour in the background and it’s very different from the nose. There is also a metallic note intertwined with the sourness. The longer it stays in the mouth the more it becomes flat. It does muster up a spicy side though, which is very much needed to keep it alive. It becomes slightly astringent after a few sips.

Finish: The spicy oak flares up and the red apples start to come through once again. It’s still spicy and a bit astringent but within there’s just a pretty flat and boring array of grains, apples, toffee and a hint of play-doh. The oakiness is present but surprisingly anonomous. It’s mostly the apple and banana notes which sets the tone for the late finish. When everything die down the metallic notes in the back return and leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth. This is not the greatest of whiskies. It’s quite boring and uneventful but it should work very well for people new to whisky.

Additional information
The black barrel is aged in re-charred ex-bourbon barrels somewhere between 8 and 16 years. The distillate is triple distilled.

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.

The Irishman 70

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Ireland
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
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Nose: Very mild, malty, some feint fruit notes, butterscotch, vanilla. Smells like bread. Very low key.

Mouth: Very sweet and malty, butterscotch is the main flavour. Some sweet ripe red apples, vanilla, It’s still kind of bready.

Finish: Butterscotch, vanilla and oak. The oak flavour is very nice and kind of surprising, since it takes a while for it to show.

Additional information
This is a blend between 30 % single pot still whisky and 70 % single malt, both matured in american ex-bourbon oak barrels, It was released in 2007 by the Walsh Whiskey Distillery.

Bushmills Original

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

Tasting notes
Nose: Mild, mint, bread, feint fruit, a metallic note.

Mouth: Mild, water, butter, oak, bread, spicy with a drop of water.

Finish: Spicy on the tip of the toungue, dust, tropical fruits, almonds, bitter oak.

Additional information
This is a blend between grain whiskey aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels and triple distilled single malt aged in ex-Oloroso sherry casks.

Jameson 12 YO – Distillery Reserve

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Ireland
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
No tasting notes were recorded during the tasting.

Additional information
This version of Jameson is only sold at the old distillery in Dublin (and now also in their online shop). It has been triple-distilled and then aged in both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks for a minimum of 12 years and has a high pure Pot Still content.

Jameson Original

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

Tasting notes
No tasting notes were recorded during the tasting. This is a cheap irish whisky and it’s sweet and metallic.

Additional information
Jameson Original is a blend of single pot still and grain whiskeys. It’s triple-distilled and aged for a minimum of 4 years in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.

Tullamore DEW

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Ireland
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
No taste notes were recorded during the tasting.

Additional information
Tullamore D.E.W. is a triple distilled irish whiskey. It’s aged for 4-7 years in a combination of mostly american ex-bourbon barrels and some spanish ex-sherry casks.