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* Ireland whisky reviews

Irish whiskey is made in Ireland (doh) and it was one of the earliest distilled drinks in Europe, arising around the 12th century.

Irish whiskey has different categories, which are not necessarily the same as in Scotland. Pot still distillation is not as omnipresent in Irish whiskeys and can be done by using malted barley (like in Scotland – single malt Irish) or a mixture of malted and unmalted barley (single pot still Irish, or pure pot still). Most Irish pot still whiskey is distilled three times, whereas most Scotch whisky is usually distilled twice.

Bushmills 1608 – 400th Anniversary (46%, OB +/- 2014) – 83/100

Bushmills 21 yo (40%, OB +/- 2014) – 86/100

Connemara 10 yo 1999 (60,3%, OB 2010, Whisky Festival Gent, 222 btl.) – 85/100

Connemara Sherry finish (40%, OB 2009, 10.000 btl.) – 84/100

Connemara Turf Mór (58,2%, OB 2010, heavily peated, less than 20.000 btl.) – 87/100

Cooley 10y 1992 (59,3%, Cadenhead 2003, bourbon, 234 btl.) – 88/100

Cooley 1999 (53,3%, Thosop 2012, 179 btl.) – 90/100

Cooley 13 yo 1999 (51,4%, The Whisky Mercenary 2013) – 89/100

Irish single malt 27 yo 1988 (49,5%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams 2015, joint bottling with LMdW) – 91/100

Irish single malt 25 yo 1988 (51,1%, The Whisky Agency ‘Old Times Diving’ 2013, 212 btl.) – 93/100

Irish Single Malt Whiskey 24 yo 1989 (42,2%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams & La Maison du Whisky 2014, rum cask #16262) – 90/100

Irish single malt 22 yo 1991 (52,4%, TWA Liquid Library 2013, refill barrel, 191 btl.) – 87/100

Irish Single Malt Whiskey 22 yo 1991 (46,6%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams & La Maison du Whisky 2014, rum cask #10657) – 90/100

Irish Malt 22 yo 1991 (49,2%, The Whisky Fair 2014, Bourbon barrel, 184 btl.) – 89/100

Irish single malt 1991 – peated (52,2%, The Whisky Mercenary for Whiskysite.nl & Fisser 2015) – 91/100

Irish single malt 22 yo 1991 (48,6%, Eiling Lim 2014, 116 btl.) – 92/100

Irish single malt 23 yo 1991 (47,4%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams 2014, peated) – 92/100

Irish Single Malt Whiskey 10 yo 2003 (49,5%, Whisky-Fässle 2014, hogshead) – 84/100

Irish malt 6 yo 2009 (51,4%, Limburg Dramclub 2015, barrel, 141 btl.) – 85/100

Jameson 12 yo ‘Special Reserve’ (40%, OB 2009) – 77/100

Jameson 12 yo ‘Distillery reserve’ (40%, OB) – 84/100

Kilbeggan 21 yo (40%, OB 2015) – 73/100

Midleton 20 yo 1991 (54,1%, OB for The Whisky Exchange 2012, first fill bourbon cask #48750, 205 btl.) – 91/100

Our Angel – Cooley 9y 1999 (46%, Daily Dram 2009) – 88/100

Redbreast 12y (40%, OB 2008) – 83/100

Redbreast 15 Years old – 2005 edition (86/100) and 2009 edition (82/100)

Teeling 21 yo 1999 ‘Silver Reserve’ (46%, OB 2013, 5.000 btl.) – 90/100

Tullamore D.E.W. 12 yo ‘Special Reserve’ (40%, OB +/- 2015) – 80/100

Tyrconnell 1992 Ambassador’s Choice (51%, OB 2009 for Belgium) – 84/100

Writer’s Tears Cask Strength (53%, Walsh Distillery 2014, 1980 btl.) – 82/100

Yellow Spot 12 yo (46%, Mitchell & Son +/- 2015) – 83/100

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WhiskyNotes - Ruben LuytenThis blog is my personal collection of impressions, written while searching for the ultimate single malt whisky.