I just had the Bushmills 16yr malt, which I thought was really nice, though in some senses a "one note" whiskey (but then I suppose comparing it to other blended Bushmills stuff isn't fair). It reminded me a bit of a less sherried Highland Park, come to think of it.
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Bushmills 16yo is nice but IMO the 3 wood treatments leave little malt whisky flavor.
I wish it was more readily available over here.
It's gonna be tough to wail till Christmas, methinks.
I was at a tasting where there was cask strength samples of the constituents of the Redbreast and it was a delight. I wish there were more pure pot still Irish available.
Jameson standard seems to be a little better than I remember, but that could be my memory rather than a change in the whiskey.
I recently had the Powers 12 year old and it was superb. Well worth a try, but I only saw it in Dublin Airport.
Thanks, I am going to search for that Jameson 18!.. I have tasted Midleton Very Rare, and it's fine - I mean too fine, too delicate! Hm, and rather expensive. Jameson Standard, IMHO, requires too much cuddling before it gives away any aroma. But when it does, you can feel a hint of the blackcurrant (Redbrfeast!) and even roasted pecans - not always, though. Jameson 12 combines hardness of its Standard buddy and fragrancy/flavour of Redbreast. Serious and elegant... I liked Powers Millenium for its long finish of dried apricots. Same with Powers Gold (I could not tell the difference comparing them). And I wanted to say a couple of words about Murphys I was introduced to recently. It reminded me Paddy at first sight... eh, first sip - as careless and airy - but when I warmed it up in my hands for a couple of minutes, Cinderella turned a Princess: flowery nose with a hint of sherry, smooth and round body, nutty and malty palate (may be a little too sweet), and dry and delicate aftertaste! Good stuff.
Unfortunately, the Jameson 18 is very expensive too ($80), but it's well worth it if you get the chance.
Also, the Greenspot is like a young Redbreast with less sherry. This works really well. A steal if you can get you hands on it.
Jameson Gold I have only tasted once and it was impressive, but I didn't form a proper opinoin of it.
Yes. Greenspot I have, too. One of my favorites, too. To me it is a whiskey-companion, whiskey-sidekick. It can be mellow, fragrant, fruity, dry, sweet, bitter, refreshing, soothing -- just anything. So subtle and complementary to the senses that one can have it every day if no other brands existed... Being from another distillery, Mitchell & Son, it strongly resembles Midleton. How come?
This is because Mitchel and Son is just the bonder. It is made at Midleton. Powers, Murphy's, Hewitts, Tullamore Dew, Jameson, Midleton, Paddy and so on are all made in Midleton.
Midleton is one of the most fantastic distilleries in the world, in that it can produce such a wide range of whiskies because of its setup.
There might be some Bushmills whiskey in some of the blends (maybe Hewitts not sure).
I would recommend you buy "The Whiskies of Ireland" by Peter Mulryan, or "Classic Irish Whiskey" by Jim Murray (a little out of date). These give a great insight into the Irish whiskey distilling industry and its history.
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The Pure Pot Still Whiskey from the old Midleton Distillery is very expensive if you can find it, but the ones I've tried have been sublime and worth the expense (Midleton 26 and '64 Dungourney). The '67 single cask blend is also very interesting and reasonably priced (in comparison).
'51 Knappogue Castle 36yo (produced at the closed Daly distillery that made Tullamore Dew) is also very good, and sometimes can be had at a price 1/3 less than the old Midleton products. Old Comber 30yo is interesting, but I would say not worth the price except to collectors or PPS fanatics (too much wood on the palate). From what I've heard the same can be said for Midleton 30yo. Sometimes old bottles of Jameson 7 or 15 from the Bow street distillery show up. The 7yo is extremely heavy compared to any other Irish I've tasted.
Regards blends, I used to like Jameson Gold almost as much Midleton, but was not as impressed when I did a head to head with them and the new 18yo. I now prefer Midleton, then the J18, the JGold. I might even put the 12 ahead of the Gold based on my last experience.
My sights are set on Green Spot next for comparison.
Frodo wrote:If I had an "everyday pour" this would be it! Still too buisy with my journey though.
I know exactly what you mean. Truth is it might be a couple of years before I come back to this and by that time it will have changed. Ardbeg Uigedail - had one bottle and loved it, but always looking for new tastes.
So many whiskies, so little time (and liver ).
Welcome back. I hope you had a great time in Paris. It is good of you to revisit the Redbreast after it leaving you with a negative impression. Sometimes it can be the bottling, but other times it can be our fickle tastebuds. It is interesting to resample something you didn't favour at one time from now and again and compare your notes.
Paris was very good and WL was the highlight for me, it was nice to meet friends during a trip. I've posted some brief notes of my malt milage at WL on the what did you drink last night thread.
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