Etikettarkiv: Irish whiskey review

Clontarf 1014 – Single Malt

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This sour and young. The first thing to arrive is a sour lemon metallic note and not so pleasant ethanol notes. After a few seconds a sweetness starts to come through with vanilla, malt and a sweet bready note. With time in the glass it becomes more sweet and more fruity. A fruity red and green apple note gets mixed in with everything else. There’s a white wine aura to it. It gets more approachable after a few minutes but it never gets good enough to become interesting or especially nice. This is not the best nose in the world but it’s not unpleasant.

Mouth: It starts out with a malty and sweet center and a sour metallic outside layer. It comes through as young and ethanol driven yet rather thin and flat. There’s a cardboard note in there as well. It’s not as fruity as on the nose and it becomes more sweet and slightly bitter with time. There are honey and vanilla notes and something that resembles butterscotch can be found in the background. It still has a white wine aura to it.

Finish: A mild spicyness spreads out over the palate and gives it a much needed dimension. The white wine sour notes are still detectable as well as the sweet center, but the sweetness crumbles and disappears rather quick. This is a good thing because the oakiness it reveals is a rather nice one with a nice nutty quality to it. It’s the best part of the journey. Unfortunatly it is accompanied by a cardboard note though. This is not a good whiskey overall. Luckily the best part of it is the one that stays afterwards.

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.