I got this bottle of Tyrconnell at a rare LCBO clearance sale. I really love the "standard" 16 Year Old Tyrconnell, as I generally favour 100% first-fill ex-bourbon maturation. But if fruit-forward single malt is your thing, Tyrconnell 15 Madeira Cask might be up your alley.
- Nose (undiluted): grape jelly, honey, honeydew melon, floral, warm dates in the background alongside some light black tea aromas
- Palate (undiluted): rich arrival, fruity and jammy (strawberry jam), honeyed dates, cooked strawberries, honey crisp apples
- Finish: medium length, dates, honey, some oak spice lingering
Water didn't do this whiskey any favours. The addition of a half teaspoon muddled the nose and drowned out most of the grape notes. At 46% abv, it's easily approachable as a neat sipper. This is an enjoyable Irish single malt, but I prefer their standard 16 Year Old offering.
- Would I accept a glass if it was offered? Yes
- Would I order this in a bar or pub? Depends which other Irish whiskies were on the menu.
- Would I purchase another bottle? Only if the price was right. The standard Tyrconnell 16 Year Old is about $25 cheaper and a bit more suited to my palate.