- Brand: The Whistler
- ABV: 59.5%
The Whistler is a brand of Irish whiskey marketed by the Boann Distillery (while we quietly wait for their own distilled stuff). This 9 Year Old is part of a triptych that was bottled at the end of 2021 for the 10th anniversary of online beverage retailer Drankdozijn. The third and last of the three I taste is the one that was finished on red wine casks from Chateau Mouton Rothschild.
Rather dry nose on hay, honey and freshly baked white bread. Some malt sugars, vanilla and something from hazelnuts. Leather. After the excellent Moscatel and Marsala releases, I have to admit that this one on the nose is rather disappointing.
On the palate it is at least as dry with a lot of wood shavings and spices and hardly any fruit. A floral touch like freshly cut grass and a potpourri of yellow and purple flowers with only a hint of kiwi. Far from bad, don't misunderstand me. But I honestly expected a lot more from this.
The finish is not exactly long, softly spicy and drying and a great closure of the tasting.
Never judge a book by its cover. Roaring name on the label, but as far as I'm concerned the least of the three. Nevertheless still a very good whiskey, of course. Thank you, Benny.