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Tyrconnell 15 Year Madeira Cask Finish

To Wine or Not to Wine?

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

20th Dec 2019


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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.

Tasting Notes

  • 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.

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Victor commented

I am amused when I read about 'standard' 16 yo Tyrconnell. Standard for how long now, a year or two? I bought my first bottle of standard NAS Tyrconnell malt about 2011 and it has been a lot of years since before there was such a thing as a "standard" 16 yo Tyrconnell. Plus ca change, le whisky!

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MadSingleMalt commented

I really liked the sample of this I got from a friend. As I called it:

"Good stuff! Sweet with a nice edge, soft as a pillow, all kinds of delicious. Cool tangy finish. 87."

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