The Irishman Founders Reserve Carribean Cask 46% ABV

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“…the second expression in The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Cask Series, a limited edition finished in rum casks from the tiny tropical Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. The Irishman Founder’s Reserve – Caribbean Cask Finish is a rare vatting of Single Pot Still and Single Malt whiskeys finished for 6 months in Chairman’s Reserve Rum casks.”

– Irish Malts

Appearance: Light gold, cider vinegar colour. Forms a film, more than legs when swirled #walshwhiskey

Nose: Founders Reserve nose: Quite peaty for me, burnt sugar and caramel. A very deep nose really hits the senses! I like this! Lot’s of honey, vanilla and Xmas spices, nice and warming sweetness. You can definitely smell the rum influence, it’s very precise (for want of a better word), rather than just an added sweetness. Although I can’t stand Bounty bars or desiccated coconut, it’s odd that I like it in this?!

As the glass is nearly empty, there’s a man made wood aroma which reminds me of wooden fascias?

Palate: Good lord the palate’s good! Intense concentrated sweetness, nice chilli heat and that warming chest ‘hug’! This is VERY nice. There’s a butteriness, maybe even creaminess that offsets the heat and intense fruit so well. Really nice balance and very morish. Like sticky toffee pudding with cream

Finish: The finish is a continuation of the palate. Good balance between the fruits, warming chili heat hum and butter/creaminess

Overall: Of the 3 tasted so far, this is easily my favourite. The benchmark was set high early on, but this really pushed my whiskey buttons

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