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2 Gingers Irish Whiskey

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@VictorReview by @Victor

18th Oct 2014


2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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  • Brand: 2 Gingers
  • ABV: 40%

2 Gingers Irish Whiskey is a brand owned by Beam Suntory. It was founded in 2011 by Minnesota bar owner Kieran Folliard. The two Gingers are Kieran's red-headed mother Mary and aunt Delia. 2 Gingers is distilled at the Cooley distillery. It is reported to be 4 years old, but an age statement is not included on the bottle. This review is of a newly opened bottle

Nose: some wine, lots of caramel, some vanilla, and, yes, quite a good bit of citrusy malt. This very much smells like Cooley malt. Sweet reigns, though there is quite a decent balance from a little bitter and a little sour. I didn't really expect to like this whiskey, but I surprised myself by liking it enough to buy a bottle. It is a very pleasant nose, if you are not offended by a significant caramel element. In the case of this nose, I am not offended, either

Taste: generally a good translation of the nose flavours to the palate, but the caramel is even more intensely strong. There is some partial relief from the overwhelming caramel given by the sharp and tart malt...but not enough

Finish: medium length, which brings out the sour and bitter contrasts. I like the finish better than the palate

Balance: 2 Gingers is marketed heavily for cocktails, and would be good for them, or for Irish coffee. The nose is good in itself. Otherwise you have to get to the finish to get much of a balance to the intense caramel on the palate. Don't go anywhere near 2 Gingers if you can't accept a lot of caramel sweetness for the duration. It is also worth noting that the bottle from which I sampled before deciding to buy this bottle seemed significantly less sweet than did this reviewed bottle. If it had seemed equally sweet to what I am drinking now, I would not have purchased a bottle


Nozinan commented

Is it possible that the bottle you sampled from had been opened for a while? It would be interesting to see your impressions in a few months (assuming you're willing to give it a second try).

9 years ago 0

Victor commented

It was a commercial tasting, so I think the bottle was in all probability newly opened. It seems very unlikely that this bottle of mine could lose much of that caramel, although I would love to see it happen. Either I just didn't get a large enough original sample to get a realistic picture before I decided to buy, or there was some difference between the two bottles. The commercial sample(s) in this case were quite small. Frankly I am still quite puzzled by the degree of difference between the two bottles.

Maybe sampling standing up in a crowded store just couldn't compare to a nice relaxed whiskey study in the quiet of my home...BUT, it has been very rare for me over the years that my 'public sample' take and my 'later at home' take have been noticeably different. Usually environmental circumstances don't seem to make much impact on my steely whisky gaze.

9 years ago 0

plattvillepeat commented

Kudos to Victor for providing an enhanced disclosure of the provenance of the bottles reviewed! I give more credence to the review of a bottle the reviewer personally purchased off the shelf.

9 years ago 0

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