New review of the Glendalough Single Malt 13 Mizunara Cask finish up.
Enjoying a couple of good whiskeys with Gregor in Pusser’s bar Munich
Just a quick note to say Happy Christmas to all our readers. Hopefully you were lucky and got a nice bottle under the tree,Â even if you bought it yourself ð New reviews and updates next year.
So we finally got round to meet up for a tasting night, and what a tasting set we had.Â As you can see from the photo we were lucky enough to taste both the Middleton Dair Ghaelach and Barry Crockett Legacy bottles, as well as a number of other whiskeys from the group.
Given the fact we were starting with one of the top Irish whiskeys currently, we said we would rate the first few bottles against it, with fuller reviews to follow.
As you can see we all gave the Dair Ghaelach top marks, and really what a great whiskey it is, with such a amazing long finish that stays with you, a detailed review of this will be coming.
Suprise of the night was the Balvenie 14 peated expression, delicious bottling for peat and not peat lover alike.
We also managed to taste both the Jack Ryan 12 and Irishman Founders reserve, with the Jack Ryan a deserving winner of the head to head, worth a punt for those looking for a lower price range Irish whiskey.
The Glen Garioch split the room. Ithas a strength similar to the Dair Ghaelach (in the 56 range), but it was much much rougher to taste.Â A lot of work was needed to find that sweet spot where the water opens the whiskey up enough, leading to plenty discussion on the quality of the whiskey.
|Middleton Dair Ghaelach Tree 9||Single pot still||95||95||94||97||95.3|
|Middleton Barry Crockett Legacy||Single pot still||92||88||90||92||90.5|
|Hazelwood 21 year old||Blended whiskey||83||85||80||85||83.3|
|Jack Ryan 12 Year Old||Single Malt||83||83||78||81.3|
|Glen Garioch (Batch 12 1997) – 15 Year||Single Malt||87||81||82||72||80.5|
|Mackyra MidVinter||Single Malt||80||83||84||89||84.0|
|Mackyra The First Edition||Single Malt||84||80||86||96||86.5|
|Balvenie Peat Week Aged 14 Year Old – 2002 Vintage||Single Malt||81||90||90||95||89.0|
|Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition||Single Malt||84||84||87||83||84.5|
|Irishman Founders Reserve||Blended whiskey||72||75||73.5|
Next stop Whiskey live in November where we are excited to see what new expressions the distillers will have on the night.
Had a blast at the Irish Craft beer festival in the RDS in Dublin yesterday, sampling some of the best beer that Irish Brewers have to offer.Â Had some excellent stouts, an amazing coffee infused ale from the guys at Mont (as close to a breakfast beer as you will ever get) and a really good red from the Bridewell Brewery. Also got the chance to try the St. Patricks whiskey from Cork, a review will follow (hopefully).
Got chatting Harry and Barbara-Anne (photo’d) from Bridewell and if you are in the RDS or down in Galway you should definatly give their beers a try.Â Incredibly friendly and passionate about what they are doing, its just a pity i cant get a pint of it in Dublin ð
If you are looking for some good Irish craft beer, give the Mont, White Hag and the Bridewell beers a try, good selection and great beers.
Next stop Whiskey Live Dublin in November.
Above was the line up for Dublin Whiskey Blog’s 1st Whiskey tasting evening of 2017. A good mix in terms of price and region made for a very interesting evening indeed. A quick, re-cap, if my memory serves me well (a bitÂ hazy as it were), will tell that the Glenlivet 21, Singleton Artisan and Balvenie 21 Portwood seemed to place almost universally at the top in all categories with Jameson’s recently released Blenders Dog surprising Â with a fantastic nose and the 3122065206 being peatier than I remembered there wasn’t much in the way of disappointment apart from the Old Putney Dunnet Head which failed to deliver all-around. Expect upcoming reviews of all of these and more in the coming weeks.