This is my first full bottle of an Irish pot still whisky. Must say I like the style as a departure. Could do with a bit more abv% maybe but as an entry level malt at under £40 I can't complain too much about that.
Review is neat.
I think the nose is the most interesting thing about this malt. A strange synergy of dried fruits, marzipan, christmas cake and then a green note from the unmalted barley that reminds me most of gooseberries.
Quite a thin mouthfeel. The dried fruits are less evident on the palate but are there nonetheless. That green note but less gooseberries and more unripe green plums on the palate. A strange grainy note I can't quite place and some shortbread biscuits.
Is suprisngly long considering the abv and is mostly muted dried fruits with some bitter tanins right at the death.
Decent whiskey this. The bottle hasn't lasted long which says a lot. I might well grab another at some point or I'll perhaps hunt out the 15.
The much lauded 21 is out of my price range!
@casualtorture It was declassified to a class C drug a while back here (so not legal but you'd have had to hAve a LOT to get in trouble) then they moved it back to a class B a few years back.
Used to to be a real bugbear of mine in my younger days and I'm sure I could still put up a strong argument were I pressed. Still, it does indeed seem crazy when one considers what's legal and often prescribed ...
Thanks for your review. I would probably score this about the same as you. If you can find it, the 12 year cask strength version is significantly better. I have a bottle of the 15 Year, but I haven’t opened it yet so I can’t weigh in on its quality.