Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby cathach » Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:16 am

Cooley 16yo (57.4%, Cadenhead)

Nose: Round fruit but with with a real whack of woodsmoke. Also slightly astringent.

Palate: Round and very full as you'd expect from a CS whiskey, and with a real pluminess.I found a real tarry or medicinal flvour that I quite enjoyed.

Finish: Sweet but with a dry tar finish.

I really liked this. It's a very much amped-up version of the distillery bottlings of its' single casks. The fruit character and richness of the distillery's character is very well matched by the peat influence. Great wood management too I think.



Many thanks to Willie JJ for the sample.

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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby lohssanami » Sat Nov 29, 2008 10:29 am

Ryguy wrote:
mikeymad wrote:Maybe Ryguy, ganga, lohssanami, and I should schedule a mini tasting so that we can finish out thie thread with additional notes.

Cheers,


Yes indeed, most definitely, we'll get together to finish this one out. Sorry lohssanami, I didn't mean to forget about you!! :oops:


No worries Ryan! After being out of town for 8 days, making up for lost time at the office and now Thanksgiving here, I'm about caught up.

I still have my samples to go through, and I started with a Greenore 8 tonight.

I'm a bit mystified as to how to describe this one.

Nose: Not much here, but as I swirl it around in the glass, I get a bit of a sweet woody aroma. Very feint citrus notes and a hint of vanilla.

Palate: Very watery taste at first, but as it sits on the tongue, it gets a tad spicy. I almost taste plain peanuts...weird.

Finish: Fairly short and unremarkable. Dry and without much flavor...maybe a little lemon.

I'm a bit indifferent on this one. I don't dislike it, but I'm not excited about it. It was a pleaure to try though...thanks for the sample. Either ryguy or ganga sent this one.

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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ryguy » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:43 pm

Last night I tasted a few of the Irish samples I had kicking around while watching some TV. Here are my notes.

Redbreast 12yo

Glass: SMWS glass

Nose: Fruity with a bit of honey.

Palate: Sweet and creamy, with some vanilla, fruits, sherry as well.

Finish: Sweet yet spicey, long and tasty.

A very good dram, this one has really grown on me. I'd love to try the 15yo some day.



Middleton Very Rare 2007

Glass: SMWS glass

Nose: Some light fruits, spice, hint of vanilla.

Palate: Very sweet and tasty, it's light with hints of nuts, malt and lots of honey.

Finish: Long finish, more wood, it becomes drying as it goes on.

Many thanks to Jobi for this sample!



Middleton Very Rare 2005

Glass: SMWS glass

Nose: Some light fruits (pears) and spice.

Palate: Really sweet and tasty stuff, honey-like fruits and a bit creamy.

Finish: Long finish, more wood, it becomes drying as it goes on.

Thanks to UUNetBill for this sample!!



Bushmills 1608

Glass: SMWS glass

Nose: Fruity and light malt, a bit spicey.

Palate: Grainy, light sherry sweetness, some nuts (almonds).

Finish: Long, rough (not in a bad way though), and even a bit 'dirty'.

Thanks again Jobi for the sample!!



Connemara Cask Strength 57.8%

Glass: SMWS glass

Nose: A hint of vanilla with leather and burnt wood in the background

Palate: Really sweet to start, oak, liquorice, some pepper and wood ash.

Finish: Nice woody smokiness to this one, fairly long finish as well.

Very tasty dram, it seemed to get better as I went along. Thanks again to lohssanami and Jobi for the samples.


Thanks again to all who provided samples, it was nice to be able to try these. I still have some additional samples on the way from Mikeymad/Ganga, so we'll be tasting more together after they arrive. :thumbsup:

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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ryguy » Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:26 pm

Yes, I agree that a Thursday night will work best. We'll work it out I'm sure. On another note, I was thinking of doing some Sprinbank this Thursday evening.

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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby evanstonwhisky » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:26 am

i will just watch - is see is a tasting. i cannot, as i must work now.... (
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby cathach » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:54 pm

Great notes guys I'm glad you got a chance to go back to the samples Ganga.

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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby cathach » Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:45 pm

I'm fan of the pot still myself and can't wait for other examples of it to come out in the future (e.g possibly from Cooley and another planned distillery).
I'm glad you liked a lot of what you tried and if you'd like the next time I open a Redbreast 15yo I could bottle a few samples for those in the U.S. that'd be interested. The older versions of the Tyrconnell and Connemara malt are lovely by the way, there are 15yo and 16yo examples of each available and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Holysinner » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:53 am

Last night I tasted 5 Irish whiskeys (4 for the first time), all in a tulip nosing glass. As suggested, I've copied the notes here for future reference.

Powers Gold Label
Color: Light gold
Nose: Beer, lemon, bran, brown sugar
Palate: Cereals, gentle spice and hop-like bitterness, toffee. A bit of drying oak towards the end.
Finish: Bittersweet, on the short side
Comment: Pleasurable, drinkable, just a great value.

Bushmills Original (white label blend, aka White Bush)
Color: Hay
Nose: Unripe orange, vanilla, flint, apple.
Palate: Very light in flavor and the body is watery. Some sweetness, maybe apple but without the tartness. Caramel, meringues.
Finish: Almost not even there.
Comment: Nothing offensive, just too light to hold my interest. The nose is actually alright, but the palate and finish have too little going on.

Bushmills Black Bush
Color: Gold
Nose: Candied fruit, herbal (basil, thyme, cumin)
Palate: Mince pies, molasses, nutmeg, reminiscent of dark rum
Finish: Mince pies, medium length
Comment: I really like this! A sherry character, definitely, but different from sherried malts I've tried, with more of a molasses/dark rum quality.

Bushmills 10 Single Malt
Color: Brass
Nose: Cheese, varnish. With time those scents diminish and it becomes grassy, even farmyardy.
Palate: Lime, mashed potato, hay. A bit like pale ale, but not a good one.
Finish: Yeasty, short
Comment: Not impressive. I retried this tonight in a Riedel Single Malt glass and it was a little better - more grassy with a little sweetness - but still not to my taste.

Jameson 12 Special Reserve
Color: Deep gold
Nose: Marmalade, raisin, olive oil, burnt toast.
Palate: Ribena (blackcurrant juice drink), cocoa. Rich, heavy body. Tannic, chewy.
Finish: Cocoa, medium length
Comment: Well balanced with a great mouthfeel.


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