Bushmills 21YO Irish Single Malt 700ml
“This rare whiskey is in scarce supply with only a limited number of casks in our warehouses. It’s matured in bourbon and sherry barrels for 21 years‚ before being married together for two years in a madeira-infused cask. The result is dark chocolate and caramelised toffee aromas and a sip that clings to the palate before releasing a magical burst like mint. It’s a rare taste in every serve.”
NOSE: Caramelised toffee and dark chocolate.
TASTE: Wow! rich raisinsraisins and fruity notes that cling to the palate.
FINISH: A burst of mintmint that ends in an intense liquorice finale.
A rich, dark, Irish blend, Black Bush contains a high proportion of triple-distilled single malt, aged in Oloroso sherry casks for around 8-10 years before marriage with the grain. Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010. Tasting Notes by Gavin Smith Nose: Baked apples and spicy malt. A pleasingly mature character to it. Palate: Big bodied, slightly oily, with nutmeg and red wine. Sophisticated and assured. Finish: Notably long, drying with dark syrup and liquorice notes. Comment: A confident whiskey that feels as though it has some age to it.
Grain whiskey reserved for Bushmills Original is slowly matured for a minimum of five years in American oak casks before blending with Irish Single Malt whiskey to produce this original blend. ABV: 40%
Thought peat was all about Islay? Think (or perhaps that should be 'drink') again. All Islay fans owe it to themselves to check out Connemara from the splendid Cooley distillery. Tasting Notes by Dr Whisky Honey and lemon, green grapes, skin cream/lotion. Very fresh on the nose. The peat is in there, but it is all so perfumed, estery, and free of the associations that often appear with peat smoke that it could go unnoticed. Apple crumble, margarine, and a touch of animal hide. Okay, well the smoke will not go unnoticed on the palate, but it is so clean, and surrounded by floral sweetness, that to compare it to a Scottish whisky would not quite be fair (to either). Peated barley at the heart of the flavours, grassy, and increasingly drying. Oak and almonds. SUMMARY: A unique peated whiskey experience. Very drinkable, even quaff-able, with sweetness, and an interesting summer weeds type of presence. And plenty of peat, but don't expect a peat beast; this is driving-through-the-country window-seat-peat.
This historic single pot still Irish whiskey used only to be available in Dublin grocer Mitchell's, but now has spread across the world to huge acclaim. A delightful combination of fruit, toffee and malt. ABV: 40%
Inishowen is a peated blend of Irish malt and grain whiskies, produced by the independent Cooley distillery. It's a long-standing favourite of Jim Murray, who gave a recent batch 93 points in the 2008 Whisky Bible.
Irish Mist is a blend of Irish whiskey, honey and natural aromatic spices. It was the first liqueur to be produced in Ireland and, while the bottle has changed a number of times over the years, the liqueur itself has remained true to its origins - the recipe has not changed, so you can be sure of the warming whiskey and honeyed sweetness, beautifully counter balanced by aromatic spices, that gives Irish Mist its wonderfully complex flavour and taste experience.
Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey 700ml Twice charred for a good measure. Black Barrel is a triple distilled blend of rich pot still and grain whiskey that is matured in a mixture of sherry casks and bourbon barrels. However, unlike the rest of our range, the bourbon barrels undergo an additional charring. It?s a painstaking process, but we hope you?ll agree that it?s worth the extra effort. Black Barrel delivers the signature smoothness of Jameson Original, with enhanced spice, nutty notes, vanilla sweetness and sherry fruit. Nose One of the best noses in the business, Billy picks out butterscotch and creamy, toffee fudge from the grain whiskey, peppery notes from the pot still whiskey, and ripe succulent fruits like nectarines, apricot and ripe apples from the sherry casks. Taste Billy describes the flavour as intense and enhanced ? the grain whiskey in specially flame charred bourbon barrels delivers more concentrated spice, nutty notes and vanilla sweetness, while the pot still whiskey in sherry casks adds sherry fruit flavours. Finish ?An enhanced finish, reflecting all the components of Jameson Original, smooth and mellow with an intense and rich finish.?
Having previously swapped stout beer barrels with friends in a local craft brewery, we looked to experiment with another craft beer style.
After careful exploration we settled on an IPA. And so, once again, we swapped barrels and matured Jameson in their seasoned barrels.
Our curiosity paid off. Our signature smoothness was still there, but rubbing shoulders with IPA introduced light hints of hops, fresh citrus and floral notes.
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