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Glendalough Mizunara-Finished Irish Whiskey Review

In Irish Whiskey Reviews by Paul Needham1 Comment

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"The whiskey is vivid, but delicate with seamless depth."
Glendalough

JIM'S DESERT ISLAND WHISKEYS

Glendalough Mizunara-Finished Irish Whiskey

BOTTLE DETAILS

  • DISTILLER: Glendalough Distillery

  • MASH BILL: 100% malted barley

  • AGE: 7 years 

  • YEAR: 2022

  • PROOF: 92 Proof (46% ABV)

  • MSRP: $99
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PAUL'S REVIEW


SHARE WITH: Anyone who you just shared a meal with—this is essentially a lovely, complex dessert.

WORTH THE PRICE: Honestly, my first reaction was sticker-shock. After tasting it, I take it all back and think this is quite fair.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST Given the price, I’d suggest bar first, but if this is within your comfort zone, you’ll probably end up with a bottle.

OVERALL: I had never had anything from Glendalough prior to being sent this review sample. After tasting this, and because it did not disappoint, I will certainly seek out their other offerings to get a better sense of their product line.

With that said, though, this was one of the more complicated, enjoyable drams I’ve tasted this year. Without tasting anything else from Glendalough, I don’t know how much to attribute to the Mizunara finishing versus how much to attribute to their own distillate and the American Oak aging where it spent most of its time.

Despite mentioning my surprise over a 7-year single-malt, I have no trouble endorsing the contents of the bottle. If you’re comfortable with the price of entry, get it. If not, find it at a bar, I would highly suggest enjoying it with (or as) dessert. The flavors are all a bit on the sweet end, but in a way I really enjoyed. I was sad to see the sample bottle empty and I will be searching out more from Glendalough in the future!

BRAND TASTING NOTES


The whiskey is vivid, but delicate with seamless depth. It is vibrant, fruity, and floral on the nose, enjoying a luxuriously smooth mouthfeel with notes of dark chocolate orange, sandalwood, and cinnamon synonymous with Mizunara whiskeys. Glendalough’s Mizunara 7-year single malt benefits from an exceptionally long finish of toasted oak and oriental spices, with the dark chocolate lingering even longer.

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Disclaimer: Glendalough provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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A self-made whiskey drinker, Paul’s journey began with Bourbon: America’s National Spirit. Over a decade later, his shelves now contain whiskies from Canada, Ireland, Scotland, India, and Japan. A life-long educator, what Paul appreciates most about this community is the regular opportunities he has both to teach and to learn while enjoying a drink with new and old friends!
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Paul Needham

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A self-made whiskey drinker, Paul’s journey began with Bourbon: America’s National Spirit. Over a decade later, his shelves now contain whiskies from Canada, Ireland, Scotland, India, and Japan. A life-long educator, what Paul appreciates most about this community is the regular opportunities he has both to teach and to learn while enjoying a drink with new and old friends! Read Paul's full profile.

  • Tony P says:

    Concise and honest review. Following your good advice, I think I would like to try a bar-taste first. A very decent Irish whiskey – Jameson, Tullamore Dew or Bushmills, pale pricewise, in comparison to Glendalough. But if it appeals extraordinarily, I fully agree with you, ‘quite fair’. Thanks for the great information!