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This, along with Johnny Walker Red Label is one of the worlds most well known whiskies. It is a very standard, young whisky which is my first Irish experience.
Nose: Smooth, wood citrus, barley malt, vanilla milk, creamy, peach stones a little bit of alcohol nip. With water little bit more savoury malt, very floury banana, cream and vanilla there but more savoury over all.
Pallet: very creamy texture, vanilla again, lots of banana, malty notes and wood citrus, very similar to the nose, little bit of cinnamon lingering in the background there is a sour note which becomes more prominent. With water creamy arrival again then some nutmeg but still a lot of nip, vanilla ice cream, then a really metallic bitterness.
Finish: sour note quite vegetal in its presentation, metallic zing develops and lasts. With water bitterness dominates, there are hints of lime pith but it’s pretty unpleasant more water doesn’t help
Mark neat – 7, with water 6.5
Look, its not great. Won't put me off trying more Irish whisky but this stuff is, well a bit like Johnny Walker Red, not great.