Walsh Whiskey premium and super-premium releases, the online tasting

Another tweet tasting and this time we savored a range of premium and super-premium releases of The Irishman and Writers’ Tears from Walsh Whiskey.

Writers’ Tears is a unique style  of whiskey embedded in Irish History, at a time when Irish Whiskey was distilled in copper pots, two styles flourished : Malt and Pot Still, distilled from 100% barley. The Irishman is the Walsh family’s original whiskey and represents the rebirth of the traditional family owned provincial whiskey distilling that thrived during the last golden age of Irish Whiskey at the end of the 1800’s.

The Walsh Whiskey Distillery is one of the largest in Ireland, with the capacity to produce 8.2 million bottles of whiskey a year. That is what you can call, very impressive.

The tasting notes:

Writers’ Tears Copper Pot, blended Irish Whiskey – 40%

  • Color: Vintage gold
  • Nose: Fresh, mint leaves, green apples, toffee, hints of soft butter, cinnamon, honey, pear, marzipan, raisins, vanilla, warm brown sugar covering figs. Very floral and pleasant with the salty touch, medicinal notes and cherries
  • Taste: Sticky, tingling, creamy, toffee, soft apples, sultana’s, dark chocolate and caramel
  • Finish: Lovely, sticky and smooth

Triple distilled, non-peated and matured in American oak bourbon casks.

The Irishman Single Malt – 47%

  • Color: Vintage gold
  • Nose: Sweet, red apples, honey, wet rocks, red fruits, cherry flavoured candy, mango, kiwi, banana, watermelon, strawberry and a fruit bowl of citrus fruit
  • Taste: Strong, spicy, hot even …. there is a lot to discover here, red pepper, no watermelon to be found. Reminds me of spiced meat with loads of pepper. Give me a moment …. it is warm, smooth and lingers perfectly even
  • Finish: Lingering and it cools down after a couple of seconds

Matured in a combination of bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry butts.

The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Caribbean Rum Finish – 46%

  • Color: Vintage gold
  • Nose: Papaya, sultana’s, sweet apples, apricots, prunes, banana, cinnamon, basil, warm brown sugar, lavender, fresh with a salty touch and a ring of peppers, white chocolate filled with cherries, rum, almonds, vanilla, strawberries
  • Taste: Sweet, red fruit, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, banana, mango, salty, dark chocolate covered with caramel and filled with walnuts, raisins soaked in rum, brown sugar, vanilla, oily and complex
  • Finish: Sticky, sweet and lingering

Finished for 6 months in The Chairman’s Reserve rum casks from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

Writers’ Tears Cask Strength 2018 – 53%

  • Color: Vintage gold
  • Nose: Breakfast cereal, honey,, walnuts, Milk chocolate, lavender, soft, salty, smooth with a black pepper edge, coconut oil, floral, fresh and hints of bounty, anise, green smashed apples and for some weird reason sugar donuts
  • Taste: Smooth, creamy, black pepper mixed with basil and citrus peel, salt, white- milk chocolate, mandarin, fresh mints, lavender, poached pears, apples, hints of warm caramel, coconuts, cinnamon, melon and far away some small hints of grapefruit and walkers shortbread.
  • Finish: Soft, sweet and hints of pepper

A rare vatting of aged Single Pot Still and Single Malt Whiskey’s. Matured in bourbon barrels and limited to just 5,175 bottles.

We were all asked to save a wee bit of this whiskey to pair with the bean-to-bar The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Whiskey 70% dark chocolate we received. The Irishman Founder’s Reserve chocolate is stunning. I love chocolate with a delicate filling. And this is what you can subscribe as a delicate pairing. Soft, sweet, and it warms you up within seconds. The combination is fab, A perfect match if they would use Tinder.

Drink whiskey neat, no ice or any drops of water, that’s my motto. However, it can’t hurt to experiment with a few drops, it does wonders to the palate and the aroma.

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