The Irish invented whiskey, which is why they make such good stuff.
I know it’s a touch pricy to be making drinks with, but I tried Egan’s Conviction 10 Years Irish Whiskey in a Tipperary and it worked amazingly well. The spice notes mixed with the sweetness of the vermouth perfectly and created something unique and delicious. So, if you’re open to making “classy cocktails” with high-end booze, this works well.
I used it to make a Revolver Cocktail, and it was delicious. I’m not a fan of super sweet drinks, I have the opposite of a sweet tooth, so making a low ABV, sugarless, Revolver was fantastic and hit the spot perfectly as a pre-dinner cocktail. I also tried just shaking it up with some heavy cream, mint, and ice in a shaker and then pouring it over a cube of ice on a warm Saturday afternoon and again, it was perfect. I hope they keep this going.
Setting aside the disparity between name and delivery, it’s not a bad whiskey. There isn’t much there, it’s super light, but what’s there is pretty standard for a blended Irish whiskey. So if you like that standard, light, Irishstyle you won’t be disappointed – but it’s nothing to get excited about, unfortunately.
While I love that they made this Bushmills 28 Years PX Cask Whiskey, and it turned out better than I would have thought, I’m not sure PX is the best fit for Bushmills. I’m missing some of the Bushmills character and I’m not fully finding that Irish essence I love so much. It’s a good whiskey, I’m just having a hard time mentally connecting it as Bushmills.
I hope they make the Bushmills 25 Years Marsala Cask Irish Single Malt Whiskey Review a regular release. This is the exact kind of whiskey I search for regularly. Not to drink on my own, but to share with my friends and get their thoughts and reactions. I’m sure this one would be polarizing, but I’m wholly in the positive column!
Getting back to the whiskey, I, unfortunately, have to say that this is the least enjoyable of the 4 USA releases because it carries a lot of harshness and sharpness to it. The one, minor, saving grace is that as the Waterford Dunbell 1.1 opens a plethora of banana notes arrive and help add a bit of balance to the profile. And I truly mean plethora! Ranging from green to overripe to stale dried chips this dram covers it all.
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There is a slight rawness to it that’s interesting and intriguing and while I wouldn’t identify that grain note as being a distinct character attributed to the terroir of the grain, it is a good balancing note to the sweetness. It’s not a crafty raw wood, but a spirity, grainy note that’s beautiful in its own right but shows a lack of integration due to its youth. The Waterford Dunmore 1.1 needs time to deepen and blossom but shows endless promise.
There are whiskies I like that are still destined to be included in the infinity barrel and there are whiskeys that are destined to be drank in the entirety by me and my friends. This is definitely the latter. The Boutique-y Whisky Irish Single Malt 15 Years is just too darn good to put into the infinity barrel. Well… maybe just an ounce so I know some trace of it is always there.
Coating and strangely heavy this delicious Irish whiskey sits on the senses with a far larger presence than you’d imagine for a chill filtered 40% ABV whiskey. The aroma is elegant and complex with a fruity and coppery essence. The palate slides through heavy and a tad oily with the same fruit and copper. The finish is a long fade of dried fruits, copper and some warm vanilla… it’s good.
Not going to bury the lead, I wish the Irishman Founder’s Reserve Caribbean Cask had more rum influence. The Aroma is nice, it’s sweet and fruity with a fun essence that reminds me of fall; easily the best part of the whiskey. The palate is a bit darker with more of a roasty character but again is mostly in line with the fruity and lightly spiced essence of the aroma. The finish is where the rum actually starts to show.
The aroma is good, but it’s light and not a whole lot is coming through; what’s there is pleasant, but there’s a distinct lack of depth. The palate is a bit heavier and a bit deeper, but it’s still not all that interesting; good, but just not captivating. The finish is the most interesting part with the heavy copper aspect.