A bit of an odd one for this review. I saw it in Dublin Airport and had to give it a go. It’s the official whiskey of The Pogues band. Apparently it’s made in Skibbereen, West Cork. A little part of me was quietly hoping it was made at Blair Athol. Because ‘The Bell’s are ringing out’ after all. Sorry. Not sorry. I’m a Dad.
This is a blend and is bottled at 40% ABV. It’s a 50/50 blend of grain and malt whiskies, and is very young at 3 years and a day.
Nose: Harsh ethanol to start, then not much else for a bit. A little caramel, and maybe some apple.
Palate: Watery and insipid. A tiny bit of oak spice.
Finish: Small hints of walnuts and hazelnuts. Fades very quickly.
If you’re wanting to ingest alcohol quickly and without having your tastebuds offended then knock yourself out. Mix it with something and enjoy. If you’re after something to leave a lasting impression then try one of the plethora of very good Irish distillers out there. Price-wise you won’t be missing out on money, and you’ll get a lot more flavour.