Country: Ireland
Type: Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Bottler: Glendalough Distillery
ABV: 45%
Score: 92 points

Glendalough Pot Still Irish Whiskey. Image courtesy Glendalough Distillery.This Irish pot still whiskey started out in ex-Bourbon casks, but was finished for a year in an Irish Oak cask coopered from trees felled near the Glendalough Distillery in County Wicklow. It’s a single cask bottling, so there may be small variations from bottle to bottle.

The nose is buttery and smooth with gentle spices and hints of dried fruits, vanilla, and oak. The taste is dark and oaky with notes of licorice, anise, oak tannins, honey, gentle baking spices, and a hint of molasses. The finish is long, dark, and oaky. Adding some water opens up touches of dried fruits on the palate. It’s not going to be for everyone, but still a unique and interesting dram. (March, 2020)