The Irishman Cask Strength 55.2% ABV

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“The latest edition in the The Irishman Cask Strength series. The 2020 release is a marriage of aged single malt and aged pot still whiskey, matured in carefully selected American Oak Casks. Bottled at 55.2% abv. Each bottle comes with a personalised dated certificate. A limited release of 3,500 bottles.”

– Irish Malts

Appearance: Light gold with an orange hue, Again, lovely and viscous in the glass #WalshWhiskey

Nose: Plenty of banana, buttery maltiness, some baking spices and french pastry. The nose defintely that of a CS. Nice amount of icing sugar, citrus zestiness, apples too. Some oak but it’s masked by the zest and sugars to a certain extent.

Palate: Ooh, for a CS it’s very approachable. Lovely mouthfeel and a nice balance of sweetness and CS heat. Lots of red apples! This is a great palate. It’s CS strength but not overpowering. All those lovely flavour elements are still distinguishable, just more intense. It’s still buttery, honey forward (I’ll avoid the plug) and a nice balance of spice too. Very nice.

Finish: The finish is sweet first, followed by baking spices and a touch of black pepper. There’s a slight sherbert tingle at the sides of the tongue.

Overall: I’m torn between this and the Caribbean cask. They are both wonderful drams. I think I might have to seek both bottles out!

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