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Concannon Irish Whiskey

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Concannon Irish Whiskey

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Concannon Irish Whiskey

Concannon is the bottler of this Cooley distilled 4 year old Irish blended whiskey. This particular drop was then finished in barrels that housed Petite Sirah Red wine at the Concannon Vineyard in California hence the name. The Concannon family are of Irish dissent from around the late 19th century as this is a tribute to their earlier family.

Color: Pilsner Gold/Light Amber

Nose: Light yet fragrant with tart raspberries and cranberries, fleeting vanilla, and gently sweetened oatmeal. With extra time, juicy ripe assorted fruits arise. Nothing very specific just a number lumped together. (Berries, tropical fruits, citrus). Pleasant, a good start.

Body: Medium legs moving at a moderate pace. Watery on the palate kind of a let down.

Taste: Slightly grainy/buttery. Buttered toast with a small amounts of jam. (Raspberry?, Grape?) Kind of one dimensional. Bit of a shame.

Finish: Short. Spirity/Winey. More grains, red grapes. Slight herbal edge. Probably notes of the Sirah taking place here.

Overall: A nice nose then it falls flat on its face. Maybe a longer ageing process, use only malt whiskey, longer finishing time, higher proof or better yet all of the above can give this whiskey some meat on its bones.


The color is light, yellowish. The nose is a little fruity, citrus. The taste is crisp and dry, mild and smooth. The finish is woody, mellow. A little light on flavor. I like bit more body. I'd have to say I liked it, but can't add it to my list of favorites. www.mywhiskeybar.tumblr.com

This whiskey was lightly fruity and refreshing when I tasted a sample in a local liquor store. I drank it in a few quick slurps and told the proprietor that it was nice but simplistic. A few days later I bought a bottle at a ten percent discount at a nearby Binny's (about $17 plus tax) in hopes of a steal of a deal. When I opened the bottle and poured into the obligatory glencairn, the aroma was notable on the ethanol and light on the scent. Disappointing. My wife (who enjoys redbreast neat) said it stung her tongue and she refused to finish her dram. She compared it to kerosene even though she never drinks that toxic liquid. Whew! What happened to nice and refreshing? Could this be different from that first Sample? One batch for sampling and others to sell? Was it the enticing ambiance of the liquor store? Guess you might think I'm suffering from buyer's remorse. Actually this is good for my cabinet. Don't want to waste an expensive, sipping Irish in an Irish coffee. And by the way, Petite Syrah is a red wine.

Sorry, my first attempt. The whiskey reviewed is Concannon Irish Whiskey made in conjunction with Concannon vineyard and Cooley's distillery. This whiskey is matured in a Concannon wine barrel. By the color and citrus flavor I would guess a white wine barrel.

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