The Irishman Single Malt

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Distillery/Brand: The Irishman
ABV: 40%
Region: Ireland
Colour: Young Sauternes

Nose: 23
Taste: 23
Finish: 22
Balance: 22

Review
Now I honestly don’t know how many of you have heard of The Irishman. I hadn’t heard anything about it till a few days ago until a friend popped it out of his bar for a surprise curve ball at a tasting.

And what curve ball! With a corny name like that I was expecting this to be some cheap attempt at whisky making – how wrong I was.

Triple distilled and aged in both bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks this one’s won quite a few medals which I was, frankly, ignorant about. With only 6000 bottles in every batch this one is numbered L0170 – what ever that means!

Nose: Robust sherry with a lovely mix of cherries, dark raisins, chocolate chips with a nutmeg and chili grating on top. Finished off with a mist of orange blossom and vanilla fudge.

Palate: As creamy as the nose suggests with the same dark raisins and chocolate chips you find on the nose. There are then the toasted almonds, apricots and dark grapes in a swirl of orange liqueur – like Cointreau.

Finish: Bitter chocolate. Long with a handful of chestnuts.

I love moments like these. When something unassuming takes you on such a splendid ride!

Rating: 90

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Jura 16 Year Old Diurachs’ Own

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Distillery/Brand: Isle of Jura
Region: Island
ABV: 40%
Colour: Old Sauternes

Nose: 21
Taste: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21

Review
So here’s the ridiculously hard to pronounce (and even harder to spell) Diurachs’ Own 16 year old. Another trademark syrupy offering from Jura.

Nose: The thick Oloroso sherry comes screaming through on the back of toasted almonds, thick chocolate fudge and dark woody caramel. Mixed in with cereal milk and a seasoning of cloves and cherries the nose leaves little doubt to its’ ancestry.

Palate: Thick and syrupy with tangy dark chocolate giving way to a briny rock salt and pepper combination. It’s a struggle if you ask me.

Finish: Cloyingly oily with spicy clove.

Another one dimensional ‘I knew what to expect’ dram from this predictable distillery.

Rating: 84