From what the internet tells me, The Tyrconnell is produced at the Cooley distillery. I can’t find information on the use (or lack thereof) of E150a, but I believe it is unchill-filtered. Yay! It’s also bottled at a respectable 46% abv. It seems Tyrconnell was a race-horse that won some race against all odds back in the pre-historic age (which is, like, the 1870s right?). I don’t know what that has to do with whiskey, but I guess it’s a good story if you like horse racing.
- Nose (undiluted): baked honeycrisp apples, cinnamon, a bit of honey, almonds, malty with a slightly grassy note
- Palate (undiluted): rich, mouth-coating, more apples, almonds, vanilla, a touch of lemon zest
- Finish: medium length, vanilla, coconut, almonds, a touch of oak spices, with honey lingering
With water, enticing apricot and peach aromas appear on the nose. There’s more malt presence and nuttiness on the palate with water added. The texture becomes creamy rather than oily with water. Orange zest replaces honey as the lingering note on the finish. This is beautiful either way. No off notes, no overly dominant cask influence (I believe this is 100% first fill ex-bourbon cask matured), no spirity acetone flavours, respectable abv, and a lovely texture. A most impressive balancing act. Consider me a fan of this Irish beauty.