Advent Calendar 18/24. Only a week until the big day! I’ve been avoiding Irish whisky for the same reason that I’ve been avoiding posh gin. I don’t need another obsession, and there’s only so much hard liquor that you can drink on a school night. Still, needs must…
Aged in bourbon, Spanish sherry and Malaga wine casks.
Nose – Deeply rich and sherried, loads of dried apricots and dark mango. A hint of butane. Lightly spiced dark wood and bright notes of perfume and fresh wax. Fantastically balanced.
Body – Sweet, tropical, and then a massive spice onslaught. Very good, loads of wood structure and fruit.
Finish – Lingering tropical fruit, more wood spice and chilli. Plenty of richness and complexity – floral, honeyed, spicy and complex with a herbal greenness behind that. Right at the end this does wash away to leave a perfumed bitterness.
What's not good about it: A touch too spicy, lacks some finesse
What’s good about it: Fabulous nose, loads of intensity and richness, smooth but bold. Lovely.