For the Love of Irish Whiskey

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 7.00.07 PM

When it comes to Ireland, there are a few things that pop up in just about everyone’s mind. Perhaps you think of a rainbow and a pot of gold, or even a lucky charm or four-leaf clover. You might also think of a lush green island north of Britain filled with friendly people with an undeniable love for whiskey who tell great jokes and have big smiles. Ireland is a place that can make us wonder and laugh and also give us something wonderful to sip on like, Single Pot Still Whiskey.

x

Once the most sought after whiskey styles in the world, Single Pot Still Whiskeys (whiskeys originating from one single distillery) were once the norm in Ireland and from the late 18th century to the early 20th century and in fact Single Pot Still Whiskey is known to be the quintessential style of Irish whiskey and is unique to Ireland (in fact a single malt scotch is what the same is called in Scotland). Much like wine there are regional differences that help to give each whiskey from each region its fingerprint and uniqueness.

d

When sipping to Single Pot Still Whiskey, the words “creamy” and “smooth” are common descriptors when referring to the complex flavours one will taste with this triple distilled whiskey. These 2 words are used because of the fact that Single Pot Still whiskey is made with both malted and un-malted barley that is added to the mash, along with the tradition of triple distillation in rustic copper pot stills which gives the unique smooth character. Single Pot Still Whiskey is then aged in bourbon, sherry and even some Malaga wine casks, which gives it the iconic flavours.

x

Powers Whiskey is made at the famous Midleton Distillery in Co. Cork also in Ireland. Powers Whiskey is created by malting barley, then drying it in enclosed kilns so as to not impart any smokey flavour – which is what makes it different from other whiskies.

x

At a recent iYellow tasting we were able to taste some really delicious whiskies that come out of Ireland and here are my notes on some of the ones we tasted.

x

Green Spot – A non-age statement pot still Irish Whiskey aged between 7-10 years. The Whiskey has been matured in a combination of new and refilled bourbon and sherry casks. With notes of fresh aromatic oils, spices, orchard fruits, toasted oak and fruity sweetness on the palate, this is a very good whiskey and a notorious one for Ireland.
x

Yellow Spot – A 12 year old whisky aged in Malaga wine casks with notes of sweet honey, dried apricots, crème brulee, clove and nutmeg, with a rich and full mouthfeel. This is a sophisticated and complex whiskey that is complex from nose to finish. This was personally one of my favourites 🙂

x

Redbreast Twelve Year Old – Known as one of the most decorated and loved whiskey, Redbreast is actually the largest selling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey in the world dating back to 1903. With notes of figs, dates, dried fruit and spices this is a full-bodied whiskey with a beautiful long finish with a slight note of butterscotch on the finish.

x

Midleton Very Rare – One of Irelands most exclusive whiskies aged between 12 and 22 years. This really delicious Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is matured in ex-bourbon casks that have been lightly charred resulting in an elegant and complex taste profile. If you can afford to spend $215 (a great gift idea for the person who has everything) it’s well worth the taste with fine floral nuances, light honey, and spices on the nose complete with a toasted oak finish. This was a much loved bottle by our members

x

Powers Gold Label – Full of cinnamon, spice and apple, pears, light oak and nutmeg, this whiskey goes down smooth. You can’t help but appreciate and love it.

x

Powers John Lane – Aged in Iberian oak for no less than 12 years, this whiskey has notes of chocolate, toffee and spice with a great finish of vanilla, dried apricot and spice.

x

Powers Signature Release – Matured in American oak with a  subtle inclusion of first fill Oloroso Sherry casks this whiskey is dynamite. With notes of herbal, fig, black pepper and lots of fresh fruit, this is a whiskey that will turn some heads and is bound to have some fans.

 

 

 

Yellow Spot

 

 

 

Share: