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Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:35 am

So okay 5 months later and a few samples to go...

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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:37 am

Recall that I was burned out last November (Sayer Fire). Well I thought it was appropriate to try a little bit of Irish on St. Patrick's Day. First up (courtesy of ryguy) is the Redbreast 12. I'm very curious to see how this compares to the 15.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:41 am

Okay ganga and thanks to Ryguy...

Redbreast 12yo OB 40%
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:50 am

Red Breast 12

Irish Dist. Lmtd.
12 yo
cracked grains/doughy, vanilla, bees wax, citrus-lemon, fleshy fruits, verathane
grist, lemony peach
moderately long, peach pulp
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bright gold
0

12 Years Old
0
40%
original bottling

Pot Still
Ireland
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:56 am

Right off the top of the nose the redbreast comes off with hits of grain, and then light lemon and hints of peaches with a touch of varnish.... a nice blend...

The first dram came and left without much to say for itself. Smooth, light with some malt, more of the peaches to come on the palate. It just becomes more and more drinkable, not much changes, and it does not really grow on itself much.

It seems to finish light and short, almost a touch of smoke... interesting.

Very easy drinker... keeps going down...
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:04 am

Moving on to a spot of the Green Spot 40% - thanks to our Irish friend...
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:12 am

Green Spot

John Jameson & Sons
NAS
whole grain dough, paint thinner, tangerines, vanilla, bananas
banana cream pie,
mild, oily custard
-
honey gold
0

NAS Years Old
0
40%
John Jameson & Sons

Pot Still
Ireland
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:14 am

I'm finding these whiskies to be very light on the palate, reminescent of Bladnoch but with different flavors.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:23 am

The green spot is another Pot Still...

I am not getting much off the nose to start... a little light citrus and gain with not much following it up... a little banana.

Sitting in the mouth there is a little oiliness, this is kicked around with a touch of the banana. Taking a bigger sip and there is a alcohol hit, not much fun at all. Smaller the better for this palate.

There is just a hit of taste on the finish , can't put much on it, it is so light... little bit of grain...

Not much to say, good to sip on without much to get in the way, but don't take a big shot of it....
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby evanstonwhisky » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:26 am

i will just watch - is see is a tasting. i cannot, as i must work now.... (
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:32 am

Cheers Sean and Evan...!!!!

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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:33 am

Good evening Gents. Just catching up from November. :D
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:34 am

Following you Sean....

Jameson 12yo 40%... 'A Blend'

Sample from ganga... thx

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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:41 am

Jameson 12

Jameson & Son
Jameson 12
peach smoothie, gristy, slight feintiness
Peach cobbler, rhubarb, florals, strawberry quick
medium, sour peaches
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amber gold
0

12 Years Old
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:48 am

That was so much fun that I think I'll move onto the Jameson NAS. :shock:
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:50 am

hmmm nose is pretty strong for a 40% on the Jam' 12.

Comes off with some nice 'toasted?' grain, with leads to a hit of chocolate, there is almost some sherry hits in there... touch of caramel. Interesting and not expected.

Wow the palate comes off with all kinds of strangeness to start with. It hit some high notes and low notes, but not sure what they are doing yet. Second pour and it is a light palate, a lot more floral notes come out with rosemary coming threw pretty strong.

the finish sticks around a little bit (medium). The leftovers are a herbal blend that lingers a bit.

Much more complex that I was expecting, I liked smelling it a little bit more than drinking it.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:52 am

I have the peated Connemara CS.. but first Jameson NAS 40%
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:54 am

Jameson NAS

Jameson & Son
Jameson NAS
barley, loads of lemons, Elmer's wood glue
a bit feinty, loads of mixed grains, some honey
long, feinty. citrus and crushed grain.
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gold
0

NAS Years Old
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Jameson & Son

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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:09 am

Bushmills Original

Bushmills
Original
lemon pledge, grist-doughy
lemony cocoa, doughy
soft, doughy, heathery
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August Wheat
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NAS Years Old
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Bushmills

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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:10 am

okay..... Jam NAS....

Perfume out of the top of the glass, nose of varnish, I can't get anything else out of the nose.

Nice oil on the palate, light grains. Much more drinkable than the nose was leading me onto believe.

Works pretty well with taking a large dram.

Finishes with some grain as well..

I was put off by the nose, but the drinking of it worked out pretty well...
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:12 am

Following ganga with the Bushmills White label. 40%
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:22 am

The Bush starts out with a little light grain and a little lemon nose.

Very light on the palate and finish as well. All around light grains and alcohol.

could not find much there, but not much to turn you off as well.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:23 am

good pour sean... work your way to the a 6th... :thumbsup:


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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:25 am

a bit of Tyrconnell 40%..... thx ganga...
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:31 am

Tyrconnell Single Malt NAS

Tyrconnell
Single Malt NAS
varnish, lemon polish, tangerine, barley
overripe grains, lemon peals, light vanilla
short, gristy
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light gold
0

NAS Years Old
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Ireland
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:43 am

My notes are starting to get shorter as I am getting more deep in Irish lore.

here is some more blarney.....


the Try.... come off with some light lemons and malt on the nose.

Lots of maltyness and almost a dry grist character on the palate .

Finished about the same...

I liked this bev overall. wanted a bit more.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:46 am

thx again to ganga for the Greenore 8yo %40.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:50 am

Greenore 8

Cooley
2007 Limited Edition 8 yo
coarse graininess, wheat stalks, lemons, chocolate mints
minty, grain kernels and husks, lemons
short, grainy and citrusy
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bright gold
0

8 Years Old
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Cooley Distillery

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Ireland
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:57 am

Well, it was an interesting tasting. I'm not sure what to fully make of Irish whiskies yet. Oddly, I can say that my preference lies toward the pot still whiskies and the single grain.

I save some of each and plan to run through this again for my own edification.

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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:58 am

The Greenore starts off with some nice notes on the nose - grain and a light touch of mint.

My first note on the palate is the refreshing. The grain and the fresh nature of the mints come off on the finish as well.

Does not stick around too long.

overall a good beverage to finish up with. go 5 more to go at some point but this was at least fun.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby cathach » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:54 pm

Great notes guys I'm glad you got a chance to go back to the samples Ganga.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:04 pm

Thanks for the samples Cathach. :thumbsup: It was very nice to finally go through all these samples after having been so "rudely" interrupted that weekend.

I think the most interesting thing is that the pot stills were my favorites followed by the singel grain. I even prefered the Jameson 12 over the single malt.

I saved some of each and plan to do some more tastings of them but in smaller groups.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby cathach » Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:45 pm

I'm fan of the pot still myself and can't wait for other examples of it to come out in the future (e.g possibly from Cooley and another planned distillery).
I'm glad you liked a lot of what you tried and if you'd like the next time I open a Redbreast 15yo I could bottle a few samples for those in the U.S. that'd be interested. The older versions of the Tyrconnell and Connemara malt are lovely by the way, there are 15yo and 16yo examples of each available and I cannot recommend them highly enough.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Holysinner » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:53 am

Last night I tasted 5 Irish whiskeys (4 for the first time), all in a tulip nosing glass. As suggested, I've copied the notes here for future reference.

Powers Gold Label
Color: Light gold
Nose: Beer, lemon, bran, brown sugar
Palate: Cereals, gentle spice and hop-like bitterness, toffee. A bit of drying oak towards the end.
Finish: Bittersweet, on the short side
Comment: Pleasurable, drinkable, just a great value.

Bushmills Original (white label blend, aka White Bush)
Color: Hay
Nose: Unripe orange, vanilla, flint, apple.
Palate: Very light in flavor and the body is watery. Some sweetness, maybe apple but without the tartness. Caramel, meringues.
Finish: Almost not even there.
Comment: Nothing offensive, just too light to hold my interest. The nose is actually alright, but the palate and finish have too little going on.

Bushmills Black Bush
Color: Gold
Nose: Candied fruit, herbal (basil, thyme, cumin)
Palate: Mince pies, molasses, nutmeg, reminiscent of dark rum
Finish: Mince pies, medium length
Comment: I really like this! A sherry character, definitely, but different from sherried malts I've tried, with more of a molasses/dark rum quality.

Bushmills 10 Single Malt
Color: Brass
Nose: Cheese, varnish. With time those scents diminish and it becomes grassy, even farmyardy.
Palate: Lime, mashed potato, hay. A bit like pale ale, but not a good one.
Finish: Yeasty, short
Comment: Not impressive. I retried this tonight in a Riedel Single Malt glass and it was a little better - more grassy with a little sweetness - but still not to my taste.

Jameson 12 Special Reserve
Color: Deep gold
Nose: Marmalade, raisin, olive oil, burnt toast.
Palate: Ribena (blackcurrant juice drink), cocoa. Rich, heavy body. Tannic, chewy.
Finish: Cocoa, medium length
Comment: Well balanced with a great mouthfeel.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:30 am

Now we are talking.. thanks holy...

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