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The following is a preview of a blog post I will be publishing on Wednesday
Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey has a reputation for being rich, oily and spicy. As far as I know, Redbreast is the best selling Single Pot Still in the world. Yet Irish whiskey doesn't get the adulation single malt scotch does. If your only experience with Irish whiskey is doing shots of Jameson on St. Patrick's Day the way Wayne, Squirrely Dan and Daryl shoot Gus N Bru on Letterkenny, you need to try some Single Pot Still. Bonus points if it's Cask Strength.
- Nose (undiluted): surprisingly little alcohol burn, sweet fruits (apricots, figs), rich, sweet toffee, cinnamon buns
- Palate (undiluted): rich arrival, very full-bodied, mouth-coating, more toffee, oranges, ginger, fresh dates, figs, a slight citrus note
- Finish: Woah ! There's that Cask Strength alcohol burn. But the burn subsides fairly quickly and leaves rich brown sugar, buttered toast (malt biscuits?), and a nice oakiness. The sweetness lingers on quite a while.
Adding water really opens up this whiskey. It's still powerful (I dilute it to about 50%-52% ABV) yet the flavours become clearer. Freshly baked cinnamon buns with toffee come to mind. Or maybe it's caramel. I feel like there's a bit of a salty/briny note, but I'm not sure if it's there or if I'm imagining it. More orange and ginger. Rich, sweet dates on the finish remind us that this was aged entirely in first-fill Oloroso Sherry casks (if my Google-gleaned information is correct). This is simply terrific.
I find it impossible to say anything bad about this whiskey. Every time I have a tipple of it, I'm elated yet sad. The elation obviously stems from the glory of the whiskey, but the sadness stems from the stark and sudden realization that this bottle is a smidge less full than it formerly was. Nevertheless, I recommend this if you like rich, full flavours.