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This whiskey is a measure of who we are, made with the sole intention of spreading that same raucous joy.Click to explore our complete library of reviews to help you choose your next perfect bottle.
If you’re drinking you’re welcome, pull up a seat and pour.
If not, póg mo thóin.The Pogues
The Pogues Irish Whiskey
- DISTILLER: West Cork Distillers | Brand Website
- MASH BILL: 50% 10 year-old single malt and seven year-old Irish malt whiskey aged in Bourbon oak barrels and 50% four year-old single grain aged in Bourbon oak casks.
- AGE: 3 years and one day.
- YEAR: 2017
- PROOF: 80 (40% ABV)
- MSRP: $31.99 – $39.99
- BUY ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com
TASTE: Spicy Ι Blackcurrant Ι Malt Milk Ι Chocolate Ι Caramelized Red Fruits
FINISH: Toffee Ι Spice Ι Dark Chocolate
SHARE WITH: Fans of the band, or friends who are fairly new to Irish whiskey. This is definitely not one for the more experienced or refined Irish whiskey drinker.
WORTH THE PRICE: Just about. For the quality, the price is okay especially if you can get it at the lower end of the range. However, you will get better Irish whiskey in a similar price range.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: This is not a whiskey that you’ll readily see in most bars, but if you do it’s definitely worth a try. If not and you have a friend who has a bottle, ask them for a sample. For me, it’s a bust.
OVERALL: 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. Unlike the band, however, this whiskey is far from legendary. A higher proof could have made all the difference, perhaps packing that little bit of extra punch to make you sit up and take more notice. In essence, this whiskey is not the headline act, rather more the support act which some will like and others won’t pay much attention to. If you’re a major fan of The Pogues you may want to check out Limited Edition Fairytale of New York 30th Anniversary edition and pick it up, purely for the novelty factor. It’s the same whiskey, the only difference being it comes in a nicely designed tin which includes a booklet detailing how the classic Christmas song was born, and how band came to have its own whiskey.
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