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

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
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8 Years Old
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40%
Cooley Distillery

Single Grain
Ireland
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Brandy Glass
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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 pkt77242 » Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:33 am

Thank you for the notes Ganga and Mikey.

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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...

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

Postby Ganga » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:30 pm

This is the Whisky of the Living Dead thread. It seems each person or small group has come in on this one at a different time over a one year period. Not that this is bad, just interesting. I know that mine was delayed because of the Sayer Fire last year (everything would have had a charcoal, soot note otherwise).

Thanks for providing excellent notes Holysinner. :thumbsup:
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