We recently had a double Irish whiskey tasting of Dingle Single Pot Still Batch 4 and Blue Spot. We were ‘lucky’ enough to be joined by Dingle Master Distiller and the all-round king of the Twitter chat hijack, Graham Coulll!
Dingle’s fourth, non-chill filtered, small-batch release of Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey brings a marriage of Bourbon and Oloroso casks together.
8,000 bottles have been produced from 25 casks. A further 500 bottles of Pot Still Cask Strength have also being released – a first for Dingle Distillery
Priced at €95.00 (RRP) per 70cl bottle, the new whiskey (46.5% ABV) has been available to purchase since 5th November 2020.
The cask strength edition is a nod to their Founding Fathers, a collection of whiskey enthusiasts who invested in this young business through the purchase of their own individual cask of whiskey.
Bollocks to it, that's enough, everyone knows what it is!! Let's nose!!!! #thewhiskeychaps— Whisk(e)y Chap 🏴🥃 (@whiskeychap) December 17, 2020
Appearance: It does have a lovely colour to it, golden and shiny.
Nose: Fresh fruit and honey burst out of the glass. There’s some spice too and maybe a herbal note lurking.
It’s an extremely friendly nose. Nothing to put you off, a great whiskey for Christmas too! There is a touch of smoke, but not campfire, more the smoke caused by friction.
after a few minutes (and sips): fruit pie now, stewed berries with pastry and brown sugar.
Indeed, on the pie, from the oven #thewhiskeychaps— Whisk(e)y Chap 🏴🥃 (@whiskeychap) December 17, 2020
It’s a lovely collection of aromas!
Palate: The palate, for me, is more herbal than the nose would suggest. There’s sweetness too. Once I’ve taken a sip, the nose becomes spicier.
There are Christmas spices as @StillSurreal pointed out, as well as a touch of sulphur. It’s a very warming dram too, more so than many Irish whiskies, which I usually find zingier. This one is a more ‘sit and savour’ whiskey.
The spice does build at the back of the throat as you sip. Whereas the sweetness, honey and that brown sugar-coat and sit at the front of the palate. Quite a lot of depth and richness. Pretty luxurious. I wish I’d have been able to grab a CS!
Finish: The finish is medium and a beautiful balance of the spice, herbal quality and honey sweetness.
Overall: Very nice indeed, another lovely release from Graham! There’s an oaky quality running through the whole tasting experience too. I assume that’s the bourbon cask influence. It’s a lovely, rich and full of depth.
We highly recommend giving Dingle Distillery and Graham a follow. Graham, in particular, has a very amusing and engaging social account!Follow @graham__coull Follow @dinglewhiskey
Featured image credit: Irish Whiskey Magazine