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.
EARTH – Bushmills 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.
WATER – Red 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.
FIRE – Jameson 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.