A lovely deep golden colour which invites you to get up close and experience it
This dram has been bottled at cask strength which is a massive part of its attraction. The nose is nippy with massive presence and citrus overtones and an undercurrent of dark coffee
The palate has huge chocolate flavours synonymous with the taste of Border Biscuits Dark Chocolate Gingers. There’s also the sweetness of raisins and the suggestion of cloves and hazelnuts
The neat finish is huge and really warming and gives an incredibly strong, but not unpleasant, burn on the way down. With water this finish is much more tolerable but really, really awesome. There are suggestions of dark cherries and a wee bit of wood too. I did hope for a suggestion of sea salt on my lips as I get with the Stiúireadair but that wasn’t present
There are many drams that are bottled at cask strength to mask inadequacies; this isn’t one of them. This is a tremendously infectious dram that will have me revisiting time and time again
This came recommended at Dublin Airport Duty Free (thanks Ken!) and is from a distiller I had never experienced. The original spirit was aged in ex bourbon casks and finished in Oloroso Sherry casks. The golden colour and great legs suggested a nice dram.
And so it transpired. The nose has a woody aroma with overtones of leather from an old car. There’s also rolling tobacco and Bournville chocolate
The palate is overwhelmingly vanilla with chocolate and coffee cream sweetness. There’s a nippiness to it as you’d expect from a 46% dram, but it’s incredibly smooth with a fantastic mouth feel and lots of honey
The finish lasts ages and coats your throat with honey and a charred wood flavour
This was a great recommendation and one that inspires me to try different expressions from this distillery
A good looking dram that promises much and delivers enormously. It’s from their limited edition range and apparently is highly sought after.
I saw this in Dublin Duty Free and thought I’d give it a go as the 12 and 15 year old expressions are SO good. It was also limited to one bottle per customer and that made it even more attractive. It’s been matured in ex bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks before being finished in Pedro Ximénez hogsheads
The nose is fantastic and is all toffee but when you get through that there’s loads of vanilla and hazelnuts with old leather and a wee citrus twist
The palate is enormous with loads of chewy toffee and honeycomb overlaid with vanilla. The mouthfeel is magnificent and this powerful dram keeps on giving with dark plums and glacé cherries
Stand by for a long, long finish that’s sweet and tangy with light citrus and the satisfying notes of digestive biscuits
Redbreast 12 year old was the dram that changed my opinion of Irish Whiskey and this expression takes it to a whole new level. This is one of the best whiskies I’ve tasted and I highly recommend it to you.
Chilly nights call for a warming dram and this gorgeous golden fella looks like it’ll fit the bill!
The nose on this dram suggests that it’ll be sweet, much like you’d get on a sherried whisky, but it also has a salty side that reminds me of a walk along the prom on a stormy day. After a while there’s also a very light hint of smoke
The first taste brings a nutty caramel flavour that reminds me of an old bar from Rowntree’s called Nutty. I also taste digestive biscuits and there’s a definite hint of seaweed and sea salt. It packs a punch as well as it’s 46.3% ABV
The finish when neat gives a great burn like an “old school nippy” and lasts ages. There’s also that salty residue. When I add water it becomes very mellow with the malt and Sherry to the fore
I’ve gravitated to this expression after discovering the awesome Stiúireadair and it’s as lovely but with subtly different characteristics.
Not a typical Islay as it’s peat free but a fabulous dram. Slàinte mhath 🥃