Clontarf is the name of the battle fought near Dublin in the year 1014 in which the forces of Irish King Brian Boru defeated the forces of his rebellious rival king Mael Morda Mac Murchada of Leinster, who was allied with the Vikings. King Boru was killed in the aftermath of the battle when some Viking stragglers came upon his tent. The victory for Boru's forces, however, resulted in the historical end of armed attempts by the Vikings at domination in Ireland. The number 1014 is formed in the glass of every bottle of Clontarf whiskey sold. In addition to the single malt, Clontarf also markets Clontarf Classic Blend and Clontarf Blended Reserve whiskeys. Clontarf Single Malt is distilled at the Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. This distillery has been in existence since 1743 and is claimed to be the oldest whisk(e)y distillery in the world. Contarf Single Malt is distilled 3 times, aged in bourbon barrels, and "mellowed through (filtration through) Atlantic Oak charcoal". There is no age statement on the bottle.
Nose: mown hay, barley-malt, with hints of citrus and honey, very lightly floral
Taste: Barley, barley, and more barley! The flavour of the barley here is quite bright, clean, and pleasant. There is a little honey and a hint of citrus on the palate as well
Finish: that barley just sits right there on your tongue for a long time
Balance: this is a very simple malt, id est: simply barley! There are also a few nice additional understated garnishing flavours around the edges. If you like the taste of malted barley, then you should really like this. Jim Murray rated this one 90.5/100 in his 2011 Whisky Bible