The Irishman Cask Strength 2016

I have previously written about The Irishman Cask Strength 2015. At Cinderella Whisky Fair 2017 I tasted the 2016 release.

The Irishman is one of the whiskeys produced by Walsh Whiskey Distillery. This is what they say about the whiskey:

The Irishman Rare Cask Strength (53% alc) is Ireland’s most exclusive Whiskey, distilled 3 times and carefully aged in American Oak Casks. Each year Bernard Walsh selects a handful of exceptional casks to make this the benchmark for Super Premium Cask Strength Irish Whiskey. It is available in strictly limited quantities with on average 2,000 bottles produced each year. Each bottle is uniquely numbered and signed.

The ABV and number of bottles varies a bit from year to year, although the ABV has been kept at 54 the last years. The Irishman Cask Strength 2016 has been matured in first-fill bourbon casks and it is bottled at 54 ABV. The outturn was 1800 bottles and I tasted from bottle 0227.

Available in Norway at NOK 1050.

Mmm… Lovely on the nose! Soft with a lot of vanilla. This is a typical first-fill bourbon nose! Rich and spicy on the palate. The vanilla sweetness is combined with black and white pepper. Some fresh, citrusy notes as well. Licorice and orange. The finish still have the sweetness and the spiciness, but turns a bit toward the bitterness from orange peel. It lingers.

My score: nose 23 / taste 23 / finish 21 / balance 22 = 89

I forgot to take a picture of the bottle, so I chose to reuse my picture of the 2015 release.

– Tone

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