Ireland

Irish Single Malt #2 15 Years Old Batch 6

Image courtesy of Master of Malt

What they say

A mysterious Irish single malt whiskey which has been aged for 15 years before being independently bottled up by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. There’s no hints as to which distillery produced it, but don’t let that distract you from the fantastic whiskey itself. Loads of vanilla-rich, honeyed fruit notes to enjoy here!

Aeneas Coffey was the Irishman who improved upon Robert Stein’s column stills and patented his own Coffey (say ‘coffee’) Still in 1830. His new, more efficient piece of kit was soon adopted all around the world, except, ironically, in Ireland. In fact, the Irish* told him to jog on! They were understandably rather attached to their pot stills and the full flavoured single malts and single pot still whiskeys they produced.

* represented here by ambassadors James Goggin (TBWC), Liam Sparks (Irish Distillers) and Kevin Hurley (Teeling) as well as Bán Poitín’s Dave Mulligan, Irish spirits fanatic Charlie McCarthy and Ableforth’s own wild goose Lee Peare

Batch 6 is a release of 1,900 bottles.

Official tasting notes

  • Nose: Red apples and grapes, fragrant vanilla, brown sugar and gingerbread lead. White chocolate and touches of spearmint and thyme linger in the backdrop.
  • Palate: Salted caramel, stewed winter fruits and marmalade with prickling baking spice and woody vanilla in support.
  • Finish: A creamy nuttiness remains with some nutmeg spiciness and a touch of drying oak.

What I say

Another undisclosed Irish single malt whisky bottled by TBWC. I have to keep checking which I’ve had and which I haven’t. Thankfully I’ve not sampled #2 before so despite it being Batch 6, this is a first for me. Clear as mud? And here I was thinking Scotch whisky distilleries were coy about having their names on Indie bottled whisky with the relative anonymity of over 100 producers. How many Irish distilleries have been producing for over 15 years?

  • ABV 50.2%
  • Age 15 Years Old
  • Bottler That Boutique-Y Whisky Company
  • Bottling Irish single malt #2
  • Cask Bourbon
  • Category Single malt whisky
  • Cost £84.95
  • Origin ?
  • Outturn 1,900 bottles
  • Region Ireland
  • Released 2021
  • Vintage undisclosed

My tasting notes

  • Appearance White wine gold (5/20), beaded, medium-fine tears and medium legs.
  • Nose Sweet, vanilla, apple, lemon citrus, honey, lemon meringue pie, apple pie, some floury milled barley, white chocolate.
  • Taste Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, caramel, vanilla fudge, butterscotch, soft white chocolate covered toffee, syrupy at first then clarifies, a little sharp with a soft woody edge later.
  • Finish Long, a touch sour now, slight acidity and more oak wood.
  • Overall Sweet and clean, creamy and with plenty of fruit suggestive of mostly spirit and ex-Bourbon maturation keeping things fairly straightforward and enjoyingly simple. A touch odd in the finish – perhaps indicative of the distillate source?

Score 85/100

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