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Tullamore D.E.W.

Tullamore D.E.W.

The other whiskey I tried whilst out in Dublin was this, the standard Tullamore. Bottled at 40% ABV, it should be recognisable to most people as it’s easily available in supermarkets in the UK. Nose: Fig rolls, parma violets, aniseed, rosewater. Quite an interesting nose, actually. Some quite unusual aromas for a whisky. 8/10 Palate: A little harsh, and then suddenly a little impotent. Mint, green apples, slight oak aromas. Disappointing after the nose. 4/10 Finish: Short and dry. 4/10…

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Midleton Method and Madness – Single Malt

Midleton Method and Madness – Single Malt

Being in Ireland on business has the distinct advantage of there being plentiful Irish whiskey available for drinking. In this particular instance I was in Searson’s Bar in Dublin. They have one of the best collections of Midleton Very Rare on display (not for sale!), along with one of the best whiskey bars I’ve ever had the pleasure of contemplating. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area. My first dram is this Method and Madness Single Malt from…

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Prizefight Irish Whiskey

Prizefight Irish Whiskey

I saw this in Baggot Street Wines in Dublin and the very kind lady¬†gave me a nip to taste. A really interesting label design, and a very interesting whiskey to boot. It’s made by the folks at West Cork Distillers. Bottled at 43% ABV and finished in American Rye whiskey barrels. Nose: Vanilla, greengages, peppermint Palate: Very smooth, slightly oily. Vanilla and citrus. Some woody notes and gentle prickly spice. You can hardly taste the alcohol. Finish: This is where…

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West Cork Blended Irish Whiskey

West Cork Blended Irish Whiskey

I found this in Dublin airport and had to give it a try. West Cork Distillers is responsible for some nice Irish offerings, I wonder what a blend will be like. This blend of grain and malts has been finished in bourbon casks. Bottled at 40% with colouring added. Nose: Quite a lot of ethanol initially. It’s quite harsh. Eventually there’s vanilla, green apples, and a little oak. Palate: It has that typical irish prickle. It’s quite sweet: sugar sweet….

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The Temple Bar Irish Whiskey

The Temple Bar Irish Whiskey

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…

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The Pogues – Irish Whiskey

The Pogues – Irish Whiskey

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…

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Connemara – 12 Years Old

Connemara – 12 Years Old

Dram 4 on my The Dram Team #WorldwideWhiskies Odyssey takes me to the Emerald Isle, and more specifically, the Cooley distillery with the 12 year old Connemara. This is unusual for an Irish whiskey, being peated. I’ve tried the NAS Connemara in the past and didn’t get on with it, but this dram has won a number of prestigious awards so it could well be a lot better. Bottled at 40% ABV it has a very light colour. Nose: The…

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Teeling – Small Batch

Teeling – Small Batch

I’ve had this bottle sitting in my office in Dublin for months but only just got around to tasting it properly. It’s a blend with a high malt content and finished in Rum casks. Bottled at 46% ABV. Straw gold in colour Nose: Fresh cut grass, lots of sweet marzipan, hints of aniseed, digestive biscuits, basmati rice as it opens up! Palate: Quite spicy, and then suddenly smooth and sweet with golden syrup laced oats, orange zest, the grassy notes…

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Redbreast – 12 Years Old Cask Strength

Redbreast – 12 Years Old Cask Strength

Cask strength edition of the very popular Irish whiskey. I’m not sure exactly which bottling I had as it was in a pub in Ireland – Searsons. It’s bottled at around 58% ABV though, so not to be sniffed at. Pardon the pun. Nose: Figs and raisins right away followed by Granny’s very good home made flapjack. Plenty of sweet golden syrup. Treacle pudding with cream. Palate: Huge spice hit which fades to a very sweet golden syrup tang. Slight…

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Tyrconnell – Single Malt

Tyrconnell – Single Malt

Aged in bourbon casks. 40% ABV Nose: Vanilla and oak feature heavily. They are joined by All Bran with lashings of salted caramel. Palate: Very smooth, slightly oily mouth feel. Lime mixed with vanilla. Quite mellow with gentle peppery spice and some salt. Finish: Lingering gentle spice and a citrus zing.