- Brand: The Irishman
- ABV: 40%
I started typing "connosr" in my browser and almost typed "coronavirus". Such is the state of things, I suppose.
The Irishman brand is brought to you by Walsh Whiskey, who also produce Writers Tears. It used to all be sourced from Midleton, and I suspect it still is as the back label says "produced for Walsh Whiskey" rather than "produced by".
The Founders Reserve is their entry level blend - 70% single malt and 30% single pot still, matured in bourbon barrels. So there is no grain whiskey - all of it comes from a pot still. No age statement is given.
The colour is a rich gold. Lots of honey on the nose, with red apple (not the skin, the meat of it), caramel, vanilla bean and black pepper. Apricot. Orange zest. A slight hint of lime. Even more honey with water. Quite fruity across that wide canvas of honey that dominates the nose. This is truly beautiful.
On the palate the honey continues but is intertwined with peaches, cinnamon and butterscotch. A bit of dark chocolate, and vanilla - the bourbon cask here is flawless. Really rich, luxurious mouthfeel - this is a real pleasure in texture alone - which becomes even silkier with water. I hate to repeat myself but - beautiful.
The finish is long and buttery with a very mild indeterminate spice, more peaches and a hint of lavender. I know that descriptors such as "rich", "luxurious" "silky" etc do not correspond with price but I cannot help but think this tastes much more "expensive" than it is ($55 in Ontario). This gentle dram punches way above its weight and I would highly recommend it on value alone...but even at twice the price I'd still recommend it!