Copeland Merchants’ Quay Blended Irish Whiskey 40% ABV

A blend of three different whiskeys – grain whiskey, double and triple distilled malts – aged in four different casks. Natural colour, non-chill filtered.

This whiskey has been made in collaboration with Brian Watts, Master Distiller at The Great Northern Distillery.

The grain whiskey has been matured for 12 months in a virgin American oak barrel, then transferred to a re-char bourbon cask for the remaining 24 months.

The double distilled malt has been matured in an American first-fill bourbon cask and the triple distilled malt matured in an Oloroso sherry butt.

Appearance: Gold, honey. Very decent viscosity, leaves an oily coating over the glass for some time.

Nose: That familiar malty sweetness. Chocolate digestive, some mintiness, watermelon, lemon and faint red berries.

Palate: Apple, grape and mint, the maltiness from the nose continues into the palate.

Icing sugar and foam sweets, particularly foam shrimps.

A spicy side develops as the glass matures – black pepper and cinnamon,

Finish: Nice and sweet with the icing sugar and foam sweets, with slight spiciness, malt and those mixed fruits.

Overall: Pretty consistent from nose to finish, which, to me, is uncommon and refreshing.

It’s a solid whiskey for just over £30. Well worth a try.

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