Celebrate St. Patrick's Day the Binny's Whiskey Hotline Way with craft whiskies from Ireland!
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Single Grain Whiskey
Established in 2011 by five friends, all who shared a passion for fine Irish whiskey - and lacked the sense to consider the challenges before them. The Double Barrel proves that they are up to the task. Aromatic nose, with savory and floral hints. Fruit driven on the palate, with red and green apples in the foreground, as well as sherry barrel suggestions of white raisins with time in the glass. A butterscotch note, likely from the Bourbon barrel, frames all. A deftly finished whiskey, especially for so young an enterprise.
Glendalough Triple Barrel Irish Whiskey Binny's Handpicked
Like the Double Barrel, the Triple enjoys a corn/malted barley mashbill, as well as one more finishing barrel added for good measure. That floral lift is still there on the nose. Raisins, pears, and apricots on the palate, with vanilla and toffee hints lingering in the background. More viscous than the double barrel, with the Madeira-cask richness framing all. Raisins re-emerges in the long finish. Sumptuous and complex, with all the elements in balance. A stunning Handpicked Barrel. Only 156 bottles available.
Glendalough 13 year old Irish Single Malt
It's a risk including a single malt in your portfolio of Irish whiskies - it invites comparison to Scotland's wealth of single malts. This one can stand shoulder to shoulder with any one of them. Rich and creamy on the nose, with a citrus suggestion balancing the whole. Spice driven on the palate, with vanilla, cloves, and cinnamon dominating. Fudge and butterscotch on the long finish, as well as those same exotic spices first tasted on the palate. Luxurious, and one to enjoy after a rich meal or just before bed.
Teeling Whiskey Small Batch Irish Whiskey
Located in the heart of Dublin and established in 2015, this new distillery marks the triumphant return of the Teeling family, former owner of Cooley and Kilbeggan. Like their father, brothers Stephen and Jack Teeling are hoping to rediscover what was lost, as well as explore what is possible. Their Small Batch marks the Teeling return to craft whiskey. Savory hints as well as citrus/orchard fruit notes on the nose. Lemons, apples, and cinnamon on the firm palate. Savory/floral hints, as well as a caramel sweetness on the persistent finish. A deft expression of flavors, masterly crafted.
Teeling Whiskey Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Aged in cabernet sauvignon casks from California - a brash choice only two young proprietors can make. Also an inspired one, for the barrel gracefully complements the inherent sweetness of their Irish whiskey. Honeyed orchard fruit and herbal hints on the nose. Apples and toffee on the palate, with cinnamon and nutmeg, even cranberry, hints emerging with a swirl in the glass. Spiced butter, shortbread, and custard in the long finish. A luxuriant whiskey.
Teeling Whiskey Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Finished in Sherry, Port, Madeira, White Burgundy and cabernet sauvignon barrels - thats FIVE different casks if youre counting. Only a fledgling distillery would dare to risk this. Thank goodness the two brothers did so. Almost zesty on the nose, with citrus, green apples, and herbal hints. Richer on the palate, tropical fruit and even strawberries in the foreground, as well as cinnamon, cloves, and white pepper lending complexity to the whole. Nutty wood nuances emerge in the long, long finish. Joycean.
West Cork Distilling Original Irish Whiskey
Founded by John O'Connell, Denis McCarthy and Ger McCarthy in 2003, with the aim of crafting a whiskey with only locally sourced grain and natural spring water. Crisp citrus notes on the nose, with lemon, nougat, and vanilla emerging on the palate. Caresses the palate with its malt flavors; lemon and orange pith in the long finish. A classic in the making, and an especially pure expression of Irish whiskey.
West Cork Distillers 'The Pogues' Irish Whiskey
Made by Dr. Barry Walsh (formerly of IDL) and Frank McHardy (former production manager for Springbank), in collaboration with and approved by Ireland's The Pogues, and as fiercely independent as its namesake. Rumored to have the highest malt (50% Irish single malt) content of any Irish whiskey. Cracked nuts and almonds on the nose. Savory floral hints on the palate, as well as orange and lemons coming to the fore with time in the glass, with white chocolate framing the fruit.
West Cork Distilling 10 year old Irish Whiskey
Even after a decade in barrel that West Cork distillery character shines through - a testament to O'Connell's choice in using only locally sourced ingredients for their whiskey. Stone and orchard fruit on the nose, with just a kiss of wood spice. Green apples, malt sweetness, toffee, molasses, even a rich caramel core on the palate. That green apple note returns in the long, sweet, malt-driven finish. A prize-fighter whiskey that packs a solid punch.
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