This whiskey spent 13 years in former bourbon casks before an unspecified finish in Mizunara oak barrels. Mizunara is a difficult-to-cooper Japanese wood that tends to leak due to its irregular wood grain, but purists revere it for ability to soften spirits and impart notes of vanilla and fresh fruit. Those attributes sound great and are largely on display here, but not potently enough. I appreciate it being a delicate spirit, but that left this drinker fighting too hard to discover its nuances. Perhaps after the liquid gets more air time, more details will emerge.
Branded The Original Irish Whiskey of the Legendary Band, what West Cork Distillers have attempted is to capture the spirit of The Pogues in a bottle. Have they succeeded? Well, yes and no. Like the band’s raucous reputation, the whiskey is a bit rough and ready. It does have a smooth side, but the rougher, spicy edges are more prominent.
I’m a fan of Irish whiskey and have slowly been adding those I enjoy to my library. When this bottle arrived, I was cautiously excited. The presentation is wonderful, with a beautiful expensive looking label on the front and a backstory that made me curious as to what the quality would be inside the bottle. After all, there’s only a handful of working distilleries in Ireland, and Pugilist Spirits is not one of them. This was obviously an upstart.
5 Irish Whiskeys for the Bourbon LoverView Post
I always reach for bourbon when I want a tasty pour of whiskey. Sure, I’ve had a number of scotches I have enjoyed and I have the requisite bottle of Jameson on my bar, but when I crave whiskey I crave bourbon. That’s why, after trying a number of world whiskies at Whiskies of the World last year, I had to pin down some bourbon late in the evening just to get my wits about me.
However, every year around March 17th I get the craving for a nice glass of Irish whiskey; enter West Cork Irish Whiskey. West Cork makes some fantastic, affordable Irish whiskey that will impress at your St. Patrick’s Day party much more than a dusty bottle of Jameson. Let’s see what the distillery has to say about it:
Disclaimer: Samples of Quiet Man Irish Whiskey were provided by Luxco for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review the whiskey with no strings attached. Thank you. St. Patrick’s Day may be several months away but Luxco isn’t letting that get in the way of bringing their first-ever Irish whiskey to American shores. Born from a long-standing partnership with Niche Drinks, who produces their Saint Brendan’s Irish Cream, Luxco continues to add to their whiskey portfolio along with their investment in Limestone Branch Distillery last year and recent announcement of their plans to build a distillery in Kentucky. 2016 …
If you’ve been reading the blog for a year or so now you’ll know that once in a while I’ll review a whiskey that isn’t bourbon. And if you’ve been paying attention you’ll also know that it’s usually Irish whiskey that I’ll wander off and explore a bit. Of course, if you know me really, really well you’ll know that I really have no experience with Irish whiskey that justifies me writing a review that someone might actually read and use for advice. So by all counts I should probably stay away from writing another Irish whiskey review, but then …
Before anyone fires an email off to me about the fact I’m featuring an Irish whiskey on a bourbon website, please consider these facts: I spent 2 long days drinking bourbon at the Century Bar this past weekend in Dayton, OH. If you have no idea what that means, please check out this photo. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, part of my family is from Ireland and my name is Patrick. I think I’ve not only earned the right to taste something a little lighter and different, but I think it’s only fitting, based on my heritage and upcoming …
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