Ireland 2001 (Sansibar & van der Boog)

One of the younger Irish single malts, distilled in 2001 and bottled by Sansibar for the Dutch retailer van der Boog (Passie voor Whisky).



Ireland 2001 - Sansibar & van der BoogIrish single malt 15 yo 2001 (50,2%, Sansibar & van der Boog 2016, sherry cask, 161 btl.)

Nose: nicely sherried, but not with the usual raisins and plums. In this case you’ll find roasted hazelnut, a certain dusty tobacco note and some coffee. Hints of old bodegas. Also rather clean gunpowder and rubber. There’s an orange note underneath, perhaps a little peach, but not much of the typical Irish fruitiness in this case.

Mouth: same balance between the wood smoke and gunpowder, mingling with blackberries, milk chocolate and cinnamon. Liquorice. Hints of cherry brandy and exotic wood. Just a light hint of the expected pink grapefruit in the end.

Finish: long, spicy and herbal, with a lingering nuttiness.

This was a bit of a surprise. The sherry is not very typical, nor very thick and it takes away most of the typical Irish fruitiness. Yet it’s interesting – you may want to see what it’s about. Still available – around € 130 from van der Boog.

Score: 82/100