Back in the day it was traditional for Irish bars to bottle their own whiskey. This is an attempt to recreate that style. This is a blend of grain and malt whiskies that have been aged in bourbon and port barrels before blending.
Bottled at 40%ABV.
Nose: Elderflower, some white wine notes, stewed apples, some vanilla, a little tobacco.
Palate: Creamy and sweet to start. Sugar sweet rather than honey. Then the palate dries with a little oaky spice. Pink grapes. Very syrupy flapjacks.
Finish: The sweetness returns as it fades quickly.
This is almost an alcopop it’s so sweet. The prickle of oak is a welcome break from the sugar, but the sweetness is almost relentless otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not unpleasant, but it’s not full of the joys of depths of other whiskies. This is definitely made for mass consumption on a messy night out in Ireland’s most famous night spot, not for savouring by the fire of one of the quieter joints!