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It is very rare for us to see independently bottled Irish whiskey in New Zealand so we're delighted to have this expression bottled by Wm. Cadenhead of Campbltown, Scotland. Drawn from an undisclosed distillery, it has the classic Irish single malt whiskey character with soft, sweet, fruity flavours (pears) and a wonderful creaminess.
Unique among Irish whiskies, Connemara is the only Irish peated malt in existance today. Twice distilled in two small pots stills the whiskey retains a traditional light and delicate character true to the Irish style with an added peaty twang.
The Dubliner Whiskey liqueur is a honeyed sweet liqueur made in Ireland. Flavours of honeycomb, caramel and a hint of Irish whiskey in the background - a delicious after-dinner liqueur.
Matured and selected by the Hinch distillery, this new triple distilled blend comes from casks of ex-bourbon oak matured of both single malt and grain whiskies, married together from small batches. This is a classic, smooth Irish whiskey, balancing soft fruity sweetness, buttery vanilla and soft oak notes.
Matured and selected by the Hinch Distillery, this brand new 10 year old triple distilled whiskey has been matured in American oak before spending a final period of at least 6 more months in sherry casks from Jerez. Sweet, creamy and initially fruity with flavours of poached pears, the sherry casks introduce a warming Christmas spice and dried fruit character.
This brand new triple distilled Irish whiskey is one of only a handful made with peated barley. The aroma of sweet tar and smoky woody notes builds to a strong peaty flavour, with a gristy malted barley tone and touches of liquorice. Matured and selected by the Hinch distillery in Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
This small batch release from Jameson is pure pot still whiskey that offers a richer, more robust style of whiskey to the core expession. Matured in flame charred American barrels and toasted Sherry casks which produces a rich and luxurious dram that has fantastic depth and a wonderfully smooth finish. This gift pack includes two glasses.
The McConnell's distillery was originally founded in 1776 in Belfast and is the oldest whisky brand in Northern Ireland. After becoming a household brand around the world, the distillery suffered a devistating fire in 1909 and the effects of the American prohibition forcing its eventual closure. The brand has laid dormant until its revival this year, launching this 5 year old whisky is a blend of Irish malt and grain whisky, matured solely in ex-bourbon casks. This is a classic Irish style, sweet and delicate fruits, wood and spice with vanilla throughout.
This 13 year old release from Teeling has been matured initially in ex-bourbon casks and then in ex-Bordeaux Red Wine Casks. It has been made with a mash bill of 95% corn and 5% malted barley that has been triple distilled.
The Teeling Whiskey Company was founded by Jack Teeling, son of John Teeling who was the founder of the Cooley distillery in 1987. The Teeling family are currently bottling whiskey's from Cooley, and this first release is a small batch of casks that have been bottled at 46% without chill filtration or colouring. Uniquely for an Irish Whiskey, it has been finished in rum barrels for an extra tweak of sweetness and spice.
The name of this Irish whiskey is inspired by the Liberties area of Dublin, a part of the city known as Hell during the 18th century. The whiskey itself is rich and malty with notes of sultana and white chocolate.There is also hints of soft oaky notes coming through on the palate, leading to a smooth finish with a lingering peppery spiciness.
The nose is malty, with fruit and a sweetness from sherry notes. These notes are carried through to the palate and come together to produce a smooth lingering finish.
The Tullamore Dew 12 years old is a triple distilled blend of three types of Irish whiskey - pot still, malt and 'golden grain', matured for 12 years in a combination of American and European oak casks. Soft and creamy with an added richness from the sherry casks, this is a deeper and more complex Tullamore than usual.
The next edition of Waterford's Gaia whisky has arrived, bringing together six local farms producing certified organic Irish barley. Waterford's tracability is on full force here - the farms, barley varietals and more are carefully recorded to be shared with consumers as part of their Teiroir project. Head distiller Ned Gahan's tasting notes describe a vibrant and fresh aroma of orange peel, bread crusts and a medley of sweet scents from marshmallow to butter milk. To taste, there is a drying aspect of white pepper, toast and salted peanuts, with cherries and cocoa powder as well as a note of wine gums.
Waterford's Cuvee is the result of the distillery's project to produce whisky entirely from 25 single farms of locally grown barley. This whisky is distilled and matured individually, then married together in what founder Mark Reynier describes as the 'definitive expression' of Waterford. This has been a long-awaited release and we are delighted to have this iconic Irish whisky on the shelves. The head distillers observations are as follows.
Nose: Red apples, fresh dry soil, breadcrust, green foliage, lavender, digestive biscuits, oranges, barmbrack, over ripe banana skin, a summer flower bed, fresh mint, coffee cake.
Taste: Clove sweets, white pepper, oily, grapefruit, lemon zest, dark chocolate, dry toast, cherries, granola bar, dried herbs, aniseed, green olives, 3 peel marmalade.
Finish: Pepper up front with oily spiciness that softens, starts dry but then gets mouth-watering & lingers where I close my eyes and relax!
The rather cheekily named 'Red Head' from Writer's Tears is a triple distilled Irish whiskey that has been matured in a selection of Oloroso sherry butts, giving the whisky a distinctive hue and richer and more full-bodied flavour.
Black Bush is truly a legend among whiskeys-the result of dedicated care and craftsmanship perfected over the centuries. The secret lies in our choice of the single malt whiskey which has been matured in carefully selected Oloroso sherry casks and blended with our delicate grain whiskey to give black bush its intriguing flavor, as distinctive as its name.
Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey is the original Old Bushmills Distillery whiskey. Bushmills Original is a blend of single malt Irish whiskey and Irish grain whiskey. Grain whiskey reserved for Bushmills Original is slowly matured in American oak casks that are specially selected to bring out the golden hue and light, yet distinctive, characteristics of the whiskey. When mature, this grain whiskey is blended with our aged malt whiskey. The malt whiskey imparts its rounded, fresh fruit and delicate honey aromas to the blend, combining perfectly with the fresh, light citrus note from the grain whiskey to give Bushmills Original its pleasant balanced character.
One of the iconic whiskies of Ireland, the Bushmills 10 year old is a single malt whisky, produced entirely from malted barley and distilled in copper pot stills. This is a rounded, creamy and fruity whiskey, with a gentle sweetness of pears and peaches, joined a by subtle spice in the finish.
One of 500 bottles worldwide, this special edition cask strength bottling from the independent family owned Dingle Distillery, is a marriage of carefully selected Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Port casks. The distillery uses three pots stills to distill a traditional, triple distilled Irish Pot Still style. Single Pot Still whisky is peculiar to Ireland, the result of a malt tax imposed in 1785, distillers at the time began to mix malted and unmalted barley successfully outwitting the taxman and giving birth to this classic Irish form of whisky.The stills themselves are rather short for Ireland, but with boil balls which increase reflux, and lighten the spirit.
The selection of a mixture of fortified wine casks and Ex-Bourbon barrels has yielded a wonderful balance of fresh fruit and creamy vanilla, alongside and rich and deep dried fruit element.