The Irishman Small Batch

"An Irishman's whisky indeed with many typical Irish flavours, although slightly too floral and smooth"

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The Irishman was thought of by Bernard and Rosemary Walsh who were already making a bottled Irish coffee recipe and cream liquor. An Irish single malt seemed a logical next step, which was realised in 2007 The Irishman followed by the Writer’s Tears blend of single pot still and single malt in 2009. The range of The Irishman was  expanded with a cask strength version (2011) and a 12 years old  single malt (2012).Each batch of The Irishman single malt is triple distilled and aged in bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks.

Nose

Sweet and fruity scents with a strong alcohol kick that quickly subsides for tropical fruits with tinned pineapple, tangerine and a hint of mango. It is a smooth one. I get fudge, butterscotch cookies, cream butter, cream, orange sweets, a drop of lime, and lots of sugar icing. It has got the typical Irish sweetness,  which you rarely find in Scotch. More cookies and something like melon sweets (although I must confess I never have tasted them).

Taste

The palate offers instant orange and grapefruit. It is rather sweet and I do not find much spices. Maybe a little cardamon. Furthermore it is very floral, and I get that strange note of washing powder gains (I think I once had that with a sourced rye), which feels slightly chemical. Besides that it is very fruity with more mango and lychees. The aftertaste is fairly long, slightly astringent, and contains citrus, tropical fruit juice and potpourri.

Overall

The Irishman has got many of the features that I link to (and like in) Irish whisky, that is the wave of tropical fruits, the smooth middle palate (please do not judge me on that) and an oily development. However, it lacks the spices that balance the (sometime) overt sweetness. I know, I know, I might be thinking too much about the single Irish pot still category, but still I just love the interplay between the completely character features in those. Here, the sweetness, accompanied by the floral “washing powder” or “potpourri” notes, turn it into a slightly awkward artificial experience. 

What others say

Whiskybase: 77.26 (33 votes) * Serge Valentin @Whiskyfun: 79/100 * @Distiller: 86/100
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Scores

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

Cask influence
70%
Sweet <-> Spicy
15%
Nose 85%
Taste 83%
Balance 86%
Depth 82%
Finish 81%
Score