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This reinvented by perception of Irish whiskey. Jameson was ok, Redbreast was a lot better--and quite unique--but this stuff...wow.
The nose starts off with a vast array of mouthwatering scents; the wine casks, grain, raisins, and candied fruit. After it opens a little, old wood and brown sugar are detected.
Sherry seems to be the first thing I notice on the palate, followed by fresh fruit; banana and cantaloupe. A little bitterness comes after followed by seaweed on the finish.
I have yet to try the 16 Year and the 1608, but if this remains the best, I think I found my Irish whiskey staple (I'll just have to trick my wallet whenever I need more).