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This is my first Irish whiskey. It is also my first triple distilled, pot-still whiskey.
Nose: I could just keep my nose in that glass and be content with it. It is a big smell: fruity and spicy, with vanilla in the background. It smells of comfort and warmth.
Taste: Creamy! That's the first thought as it hits the tongue and sloshes through the mouth. Unlike the nose, there's no big tastes at first, but the sweet spiciness of cinnamon starts to tingle the tongue as the whiskey warms.
Finish: The spiciness and fruitiness strike first, then are replaced by vanilla from the oak, before it too gives way to a warmth that goes on and on. It's a very comforting finish.
Balance: A tad on the spicy side, but the creaminess and the warmth helps balance the lot.
All-in-all a great comforting whiskey, and at $44 in Québec, a good deal. Will I buy it again? Yes, it's going to be my standard Irish whiskey and a great way to introduce newcomers.