Blended Irish Whiskey Tasting Notes

Posted: September 7, 2011 in Blended Irish Whiskey, Blended Whisky

Avalon – The Wild Geese 40%

Tasted Nov 2003

Soft, fruity, a touch smoky with some waxy/sweet bourbon oak, which begins to dominate with fudge, vanilla, butter and toffee. The palate is simple and oaked with some pleasant spicy moments.

Clontarf Black Label 40%

Tasted: 2010

A lovely juicy barley sweet nose with a gentle rye-like nip and blanket background oak. Wonderfully fragrant with some floral grain notes.

The palate opens with a softness yet the grain does bite right from the start. However some soft, slightly honeyed barley does balance that austerity rather well. Good length with the toffee’d oak and gentle spices coming through on the finish.

Tasgall 30 year old Blended Whisky 40%

Bottled by Asda

Tasted: Sept 2014

The nose is slightly spirity with lots of sherried dried fruit. Quite mellow but relatively non-descript. There are hints of apricot, barley and dusty spice, but is this really 30 years old?

Quite subtle and homogenous with plenty of dried fruit grain and sherry. Hints of barley and spice. The spices build pleasantly and linger along with the dried fruit.

The Irishman 70 40%

Tasted: Nov 2009

A soft, caramel and oaked nose with some botanical grain. The palate is soft and creamy with some caramel, oak and the botanical grain on the middle. A late peppery burst enlivens the otherwise unexciting experience.

The Irishman Single Malt 40%

Tasted: Nov 2009

Soft and slightly coastal. More complex than the blend with apricot, cinnamon and wood notes. Mind you have to sniff really hard to determine these aromas. However some lovely spices cut through the creamy oak. The palate is light, clean and soft. Like the nose slightly coastal, but it’s still fairly bland. Some late oak arrives but the spices have pretty much disappeared. Again fairly unexciting.

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