Dec 042010
 

Maltmonster sat down to a trio of young beauties a few nights back and graciously offered up his take on a few of Ireland’s underappreciated gems.  Buckle up…

 

TRINITY   TASTING   OF   IRISH   WHISKIES

It’s been said that whiskey was invented so the Irish wouldn’t rule the world, but who would want to live in a world without whiskey.  After all good health is merely the slowest rate at which one can die!

Knowing that I will never rule the world, I picked out three of my current favorite Irish whiskies for review.

 

EARTHBushmills 16 Year old, 40% ABV.  This is a single malt with a three wood influence; Bourbon, Oloroso and Port (A conscience does not prevent sin, it only prevents from enjoying it.).

Nose – Coco / coffee, raisins and almonds

Taste – Delicate sweetness, burnt toffee                        

Finish – Medium to long. Elegant

Assessment – First Irish malt whiskey I fell in love with. Always recommend this to others.

 

WATERRed Breast 12 Year old, 40 % ABV. Blended whiskey (A narrow neck keeps the bottle from being emptied in one swig.).

Nose – Apples, pears and succulent strawberries. Floral

Taste – Creamy vanilla. Complex and little spicy

Finish – Medium. Very balanced

Assessment – This is my 2nd favorite Irish blend. Good value considering the price is around $40-$50.

 

FIREJameson 2007 Rarest Vintage Reserve, 46 % ABV. Blended whiskey with older grain (23-24 years old) and malted and unmalted barley matured in bourbon and port casks (Lead me not into temptation as I can usually find it by myself.).

Nose – Sublime citrus notes, marshmallows. Fragrant

Taste – Layered cake. Elegant wine .Silky smooth.

Finish – Medium to long. . Brilliant stuff. Hats off to the blender on this one.

Assessment – Best Jameson I’ve ever had. Bit pricey, but worth it if you can afford it.

 

Maltmonster

  3 Responses to “A Run At The Irish”

  1. MM…I have a stunning Bushmills Single Cask here for you to try. 53.7% abv rum cask matured especillay for Canada. When next we meet…

    Readers…MM will have an upcoming review of a tasting event that will knock your socks off and curl youtr toes with envy. Hang tight.

  2. Love the Redbreast, I get lovely notes of cinnamon and nutmeg in mine.. delicious! It’s also worth noting that it’s a Pure Pot Still blend of malted and unmalted barley only, not the usual blend we get with grain whiskey included. Fantastic, and can’t be beat at the price (although I’m going to try some Powers sooner than later and see)

    Good reviews, thanks!

  3. Dear gawd, that Jameson is stunning. MM…sincere thanks for leading me to this one.

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