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

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

Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:06 am

Sorry lads & Lass but I have to bow out .... I've been up and on the go since 6.30am and quite bush whacked now after a few so I'll take my leave. Thank you all for your company and I'll revisit this at a later date and catch up and add a few more comments hopefully


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

Postby Aidan » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:07 am

The 12 year old select cask rum one, that is.

I'll pour the 1608 anniversary one next.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:10 am

Tyrconnell 15yo SC 1992 no 348

Nose: This is lovely. Floral nose is just stunning.
Palate: More of the floweriness of the nose before the fruit rushes in. this is just so fresh like being outside in the summer.
Finish: Doesn't come in waves so much as a long slow fade that has my mouth watering.

This stuff is brilliant. If I had to pick a comparable Scotch it would be Inchgower I think. I'd like to acquire one of these for sure.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Aidan » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:12 am

Actually, I find the finish rumbles on and on. It's getting nicer and nicer.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby JCSkinner » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:16 am

irishwhiskeychaser wrote:This is the gass thing about whiskey ... we as individuals have very different tastes and maybe sometimes certain tastes are accentuated in my taste buds and vice versa with JC so we get 2 varying reports. I have to say the 1608 really does it for me and I can honestly say it is probably one of my favourite Bushes


I love the 1608 too. It's annoying you can only get it in duty free. I have a couple of 33cl mini bottles and may crack one now.
But you're spot on about different palates. They're as unique to a person as fingerprints.
When I was on the Guinness panel, the arguments we had used to be mighty. But that was the point of having a panel and not a sole taster. No one person can get everything. Each palate has its own strengths and weaknesses.
And that's before you get into personal preferences!
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Aidan » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:16 am

Willie. I think it's like the best Arrans. I don't like all Arans, but some of them are very good. I had a 13 year old while at the distillery last month and it was like the aged Tyrconnells.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Shrek » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:17 am

I'm now on to Redbreast - doing a HTH between the 12yo (a standard pour for me together with Black Bush) and the 15yo (first time I've tried it, many thanks to Willie for splitting this sample).

The metallic spice of RB12 I find to be unique and I love it, however the 15 offers that bit more right enough, both on the nose and the palate. More amplified is the linseed oil and the madeira cake, but the spice is a bit more subtle.

The 15 is much more winey, but the finish I find a bit musty. Anyway it's a pleasure to try this. :thumbsup:

...... and yes, I have stocked up with (plenty) RB12 at Waitrose :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:17 am

irishwhiskeychaser wrote:Sorry lads & Lass but I have to bow out .... I've been up and on the go since 6.30am and quite bush whacked now after a few so I'll take my leave.

Cheers Adrian. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:21 am

Aidan wrote:Willie. I think it's like the best Arrans. I don't like all Arans, but some of them are very good. I had a 13 year old while at the distillery last month and it was like the aged Tyrconnells.

I can see where you're coming from with that John, but somehow it makes me think of things like Inchgower and Linkwood tonight.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby DavidH » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:23 am

Willie JJ wrote:Tyrconnell 15yo SC 1992 no 348

This stuff is brilliant. If I had to pick a comparable Scotch it would be Inchgower I think.

I really like the 15yo too. And now I have a good hint that I'd like Inchgower too.

Sorry I'm not contributing more here. I'm working away on my PC, following the whiskey conversation and drinking (Jameson 18yo currently), and I'm probably not doing any of them well :D

Willie, I'm going to have to send you some Tyrconnell 10yo port finish, if you don't have any already. I reckon if you like the 15yo you'll like this too.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:25 am

JCSkinner wrote:I love the 1608 too. It's annoying you can only get it in duty free.


I saw it in RMW earlier JC and they have it in the website:

1608 at RMW

You can have it delivered to your door (for a price of course).
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Aidan » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:25 am

I'll have to try Inchgower. It's one I haven't tried before.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby JCSkinner » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:29 am

Willie JJ wrote:
JCSkinner wrote:I love the 1608 too. It's annoying you can only get it in duty free.


I saw it in RMW earlier JC and they have it in the website:

1608 at RMW

You can have it delivered to your door (for a price of course).


Cheers for that, Willie. Fortunately, I have a couple of 33cl bottles in the cabinet, but I'll keep RMW in mind if I run out.

Edit: Ooops! That's the 400th anniversary Bush. I got a few of those up at the distillery. The crystal malt effect is quite interesting.
I thought everyone was talking about the duty free 1608, which is a 12 yo done in sherry casks. This one:
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:42 am

DavidH wrote:Willie, I'm going to have to send you some Tyrconnell 10yo port finish, if you don't have any already. I reckon if you like the 15yo you'll like this too.

I'm really impressed with the 15yo David. It's just really good whiskey.

I don't have any of the finishes, but I'll be looking a lot harder at Irish whiskey now. All donations welcome :D
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby JCSkinner » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:42 am

Sorry Nick. I edited my post. I was thinking of a different Bushmills 1608.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:43 am

Collector57 wrote:It's in my local Tesco too

Now you're just rubbing it in. :)
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:48 am

I'm having a good time tasting the samples. Thanks a lot for that. But I just don't have the inspiration to post anything tonight. That is not because of the whiskies, because they are great, it's just me that is the problem... :insane:
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby JCSkinner » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:56 am

I'm going to have to bail as well. The Mrs just walked in the door after a week in the Canaries (without me! Meh.) :evil:
Look at all of us, running for the carriage before it turns into a pumpkin!
I'll be back tomorrow and I'm looking forward to reading people's perspectives on more Irish whiskeys!
Good luck, everyone.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:59 am

Greenspot

Nose This is a different proposition from the others. Seems a bit oilier and heavier. There's much more cereal on the nose with cooked mash and a little grist. Oranges too.
Palate There is a little fruit here but its more nutty and malty.
Finish Wonderful finish. Not the longest but really mouthwatering and delicious.

Another great dram. I feel like Nick. This tasting is going to cost me a lot of money.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Aidan » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:00 am

I'm off too. Nice to talk to you all. 'Night.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:01 am

JCSkinner wrote:I'm going to have to bail as well. The Mrs just walked in the door after a week in the Canaries (without me! Meh.)

Night JC. Look an the bright side, she'll be glad to see you after a week.

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

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:02 am

Aidan wrote:I'm off too. Nice to talk to you all. 'Night.

Night John. Sheesh the party is really breaking up/
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TheTross » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:06 am

K94 12yo (40%)

Nose: Lemon zest, lemon sherbert and grass. A little spearmint. Vanilla ice-cream. Light oak and a very faint suggestion of powdered white pepper.

Palate: Quite oily, but light and soft. Lemon and honey again, with a little malt. Very soft oak in the background.

Finish: Citrus fruit and lots of honey. Perhaps a very faint touch of peat. A little oak appears late on and mingles with the lingering lemon.


Is this Knappogue Castle? Micheál (catach) was pretty cryptic with some of the labelling! Anyway, I quite like the nose on this, but overall it's just too light for me I'm afraid, particularly on the palate.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Shrek » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:27 am

Goodnight guys, I'm retiring to my swamp for the night.

Just finished off with a nightcap of another RB12.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:32 am

Magilligan

NoseLovely malty, vanilla nose on this. A touch of feints perhaps?
PalateMmm, very nearly barley sugar. Cream and madiera cake
Finish Quite spicy and nearly hot, but ultimately controlled. Medium length.

Very enjoyable dram, but not the best so far.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:33 am

Shrek wrote:Goodnight guys, I'm retiring to my swamp for the night.

Just finished off with a nightcap of another RB12.

Night Paul. Thanks for the samples.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby mikeymad » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:46 am

Good run guys.... have not started into any beverages at this point.

Will have to read through, and see how things went.....

I will have to add in my set once ganga and I can share some beverages....

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

Postby TheTross » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:54 am

Hi Mikey. I've got six left so I'm not stopping yet, so I might be around to read some of your early notes. Doubt I'll get through all six tonight though...
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TheTross » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:55 am

Tyrconnell 15yo (46%, OB, cask #348/92

Nose: Blackcurrant-flavoured menthol lozenges! Quite winy but not at all vinous, and the whole is very soft. Icing sugar, marzipan and currant cake (perhaps Dundee cake, as I get something nutty too). Some fruitiness. Cinnamon; for some reason I'm reminded of red Aftershock! Also something faintly farmy with deeper nosing.

Palate: Lots of blackcurrant and cinammon again. Also some grassiness. Quite drying.

Finish: Heaps of blackcurrant. A lighter, honeyed element develops a little later, with vanilla ice-cream bringing up the rear.


What a nose! And I love the blackcurrant and cinammon in this! Would definitely be tempted to buy this one. Thanks very much for the sample catach!
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:57 am

Well I think I will have to knock it on the head for tonight. The family have just come back in and want to chat so I'll come back to this. I still have a lot to try and I'm really looking forward to it.

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

Postby TheTross » Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:21 am

Afraid my tastebuds are shot, so I'll be leaving this for tonight. Will be back in a day or two for the rest.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TheTross » Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:21 am

Oops, double post :oops:
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby cathach » Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:30 am

TheTross wrote:K94 12yo (40%)


Correct! Thats the Knappogue alright, a nice dry whiskey I found. I found the finish very lke that of a dry white wine, with a tangy woodiness. But as you say it is a delicate light whiskey and not quite to evryone's tastes.
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby cathach » Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:41 am

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Connemara
Cask Strength
Closed at first, then cereal and fruit
Tangy and sharp with an iodine burn.
Long and warming.
Great value cask strength especially if you get it abroad. A mix of distillery character and peat balance
Straw yellow
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57.9%
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Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Wave » Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:49 am

Prime time now! unfortunately it's past midnight across the pond. :cry:

Tasting tonight,
Bushmills 10yo Single Malt
Redbreast 12yo (courtesy Ryguy)
Jameson NAS (courtesy Ryguy)
Knappogue Castle 1994
Connemara NAS
Cooley 1993 NAS Murray McDavid Bloodtub 58.5% ABV

Cheers!
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