Irish Mist Liqueur

"Pleasant last one for this Irish sessions with plenty of Irish smoothness, unlike the whiskies"

(Photo from Heaven Hill Brands)

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Modelled after the alcoholic drink with honey and herbs that was drank by ancient Irish chiefs, Irish mist has been a wanted brand over the years. C&C Company, William Grant and Campari owned the rights, while nowadays Heaven Hill Brands is the official owner. The legacy of the lost recipe that somebody found and used for the base of this liqueur might sound a tad familiar. Irish mist is most likely based on spirit from Cooley, and I have read that the sugar content might have been increased in the recent decade (when nobody realised that diabetes might become a thing, I add sarcastically). Although, many whisky connoisseurs are looking down on whisky liqueurs. However, many people are fond of sweetened and softened whisky liqueurs and new versions are still being released.

Nose

I thought it would be fun to finish the Irish session with this famous herbal honey liqueur. Obviously, I find plenty of herbs. Parsley, liquorice root, a touch of mint, aniseed and Ricola pastilles. Add to that an equal mixture of smooth Irish whisky (sorry cannot avoid it this time) and honey. I find the unexpectedly pleasant and rather good. .

Taste

Here the sweetness come more forward. Lots of honey, citrus sweets, herbal cough drops and lemonade. It slides into my throat like a train. Smooth, pleasant mouthfeel and reasonable aftertaste with more of the same. It becomes a bit too sweet after a while, but still pleasant. Herbs, followed by honey and a tiny bit of whisky in the aftertaste.

Overall

Pleasant, very pleasant. Maybe the could have added slightly more whisky to the mix and less honey. I think we have had some great Irish whiskies the last weeks and this works perfectly to reminiscent those sweet experiences.

  • Review 2020-059
  • Whisky liqueur
  • Undisclosed distillery (Cooley?)
  • Heaven Hill Brands
  • NAS
  • Unknown bottling date
  • Undisclosed use of casks
  • Caramel-coloured
  • Chill-filtered
  • 35
  • Standard range
  • ±17-25
  • Still available
  • N/A

What others say

@WineEnthusiast: 91/100 * @DiffordsGuide: 4.5/5 * @DrinkHacker: B
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Big thanks to for sharing the sample!

Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
20%
Sweet <-> Spicy
5%
  • Honey
  • Herbs
  • Whisky
Nose 81%
Taste 80%
Balance 82%
Depth 77%
Finish 81%
Score