Bottler: Mitchell & Son
Bottled: ca. 2015
Age: 12 years
Casks: Bourbon Barrels, Sherry Butts & Malaga Casks
unchillfiltered and uncoloured
We’ve had a few Scottish and a German Whisky so far – how about an Irish whiskey next?
The nose opens with notes of ethanol, cookies and citrus fruits – freshly cut lemons, limes and green clementines. Some essential lemon oil too? Green apples, pears and pineapples provide an additional fruity-acidic note. After a while the citrus notes transform into oranges, the apples turn red, a dash of honey appears along with a trace of cinnamon and there’s a hint of vanilla and a faint trace of fragrant oak. On to the palate!Hmm… that’s interesting! A mixture of breakfast cereals with honey on the arrival – sweet, runny supermarket honey! After a few seconds white pepper appears, together with ethanol and eucalyptus. There’s also a green note – more flowery than grassy, though. The apples and pears are back, paired with a green nut bitterness. The texture is both oily and dry. The alcohol remains noticeable throughout. The short to medium long finish has a pinch of pepper and spices upon swallowing, with oak sweetness and the light fruits (oranges, apples, pears) appearing afterwards, followed by an onsetting dryness.
You can immediately tell this is not a Scotch Single Malt – it is lighter in style, with more lemon and light fruits than most Scottish profiles. No wonder – “single pot still” whiskey means a whisky from a single distillery, but from both malted and unmalted barley, distilled in traditional pot stills, in this case at the Midleton distillery.
Personally I find the unmalted barley in this whiskey to provide a restlessness on the palate I find a bit difficult, but that’s just my personal preference. Certainly a very good distillate – and something different from Scotch!
(Nose: 81 Palate: 82 Finish: 82)