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