Distillery/Brand: The Irishman
Colour: Young Sauternes
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!