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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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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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Kilbeggan – 21 Years Old

Kilbeggan – 21 Years Old

A blended malt with whiskies matured in all sorts of casks, such as bourbon, sherry, madeira, port. 40% ABV Nose: Shreddies and smoky bacon. Palate: Quite thin and watery, vanilla and light oak, some spearmint. Lacking depth for me. Quite underwhelmed by this one I have to say.

Hyde No. 2

Hyde No. 2

I am incredibly honoured to have been asked to review the Rum Cask Finish of Hyde No.2 Presidents Cask to sit alongside the Sherry Cask Finish above. Thanks so much to Hyde. Nose: Oak, pepper, zingy tropical fruits, coconut, slight sea breeze. Vanilla as it opens out. Palate: Spice straight away, ginger, quite oily, some lingering mango in the finish. Finish: Quite long as the flavours fade through tropical notes to lingering spice and warmth.

Hyde No. 1

Hyde No. 1

Distilled and matured in West Cork, Ireland, in bourbon casks, and then finished in sherry casks. 46% ABV. Non chill filtered. Nose: Biscuity malt, oak, light vanilla, poached peaches and cream, mild spice Palate: Oak, more malt, honey, apricots, fruit crumble with plenty of vanilla custard Finish: Long and lingering with plenty of spice. Leaves a tingle on the tongue.

The Irishman – Founder’s Reserve

The Irishman – Founder’s Reserve

The Irishman – Founder’s Reserve – 40% ABV 70% Single Malt, 30% Single Pot Still Nose: Vanilla, cinnamon, spearmint Palate: Creamy, oily, salted caramel and then a wave of pepper spice Finish: Very dry and long

The Irishman – Single Malt

The Irishman – Single Malt

The Irishman – Single Malt – 40% ABV Finished in Sherry and Bourbon casks. Nose: Oak, banana, spearmint, vanilla Palate: Waves of sharp spice after a very mellow start, vanilla, oak, some sweetness, some saltiness Finish: The spice disappears leaving a dry finish  

Writers Tears

Writers Tears

Made by the Walsh Whiskey Distillery in County Carlow, Ireland, this is a blended whiskey made from both pot still and single malt whiskies. Nose: Dried fruit, very sweet, honey, vanilla, biscuits, notes of spring blossom Palate: Not as sweet as expected, pepper and spice, white wine vinegar, rounds out to mellow honey and stewed fruits. Finish: Warm and comforting slightly sweet vanilla, shortbread biscuits

Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace

Nose: Oak, vanilla, raisins, sherry, toasted almonds, some citrus Pallate: Slight hint of spice, burnt sugar, zesty citrus peel Finish: Quite dry in the finish

Teeling – Single Malt

Teeling – Single Malt

Single Malt – 46% ABV Non chill filtered finished in a selection of 5 different styles of wine casks. Nose: Acetone, vanilla, cinnamon, oakiness, sherry notes, fruity grapes, developing into dark caramel and milk chocolate, raisins Palate: White wine, pepper, dried fruit, dried carabao mango, quite sweet but balanced by the peppery spice, slightly creamy Finish: Lingering warmth and sweetness A really very good dram indeed. I can’t wait to try other expressions from Teeling.