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.
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.
Summer sunset in colour with notes of dried cereal, almonds and green apple on the nose. Not for the faint hearted, this whiskey and grain spirit blend is 'fully loaded'. Region / Country: Ireland Varietal: Irish Whiskey
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.
THE IRISHMAN 70 - SUPERIOR IRISH WHISKEY
70% Irish Malt Whiskey
Unique old Irish Pot Still blend
Triple Distilled 700ml
Matured in Bourbon casks
Distilled and blended in Ireland
The casks are personally selected by Bernard Walsh
Colour: Autumn gold
Aroma: Good nose with pepper & spice
Taste: Extremely smooth with great balance
Finish: A lingering finish with good length.
Born from a conversation between Jameson's head distiller and the head brewer of Cork's Franciscan Well Brewery, Jameson Caskmates is a head-turning, modern Irish whiskey. The whiskey has been finished in stout-seasoned casks, producing notes of cocoa, coffee and butterscotch while still retaining Jameson's famous triple-distilled smoothness.
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.
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.
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.
?An enhanced finish, reflecting all the components of Jameson Original, smooth and mellow with an intense and rich finish.?
Jameson Crested Ten
700ml, 40% abv
Crested Ten is a hard to find expression of Jameson, but it is well worth seeking. We think this is a far better example than the standard Jameson, it has just a bit more flavour and complexity meaning it is a little easier to drink straight up without a mixer or ice! The blend composition is very similar to the regular Jameson but has a little more ageing (although confusingly not quite as old as ten years). Some extra use of sherry casks also adds some nice weight and spicy, fruitiness.
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