Nose: A wonderful combination of soft bourbon notes and a light malty subplot with a light sprinkling of ginger.
Taste: Brilliant! Softly oiled, very lightly malted. The arrival of the drier oak offers a perfect bitter sweet foil.
Finish: Long, chocolate, rich and sophisticatedly spiced.
Each year Bernard Walsh, the distillery owner, scours the cellars to hand-select a number of exceptional casks which are then blended together to create The Irishman Cask Strength Irish Whiskey. The first thing you need to know is that The Irishman Cask Strength is limited each year to about 3500 bottles — that’s just seven or eight hand-selected casks of their best stuff. And like all great art, each bottle is individually hand numbered and signed. In short, it is one of the finest production issues of real Irish Whiskey available, pouring out of the bottle at 54% ABV without chill filtration. This fine dram has flavor and smoothness to spare.
The Irishman Cask Strength Irish Whiskey is made from a vatting of aged Single Malt and aged Single Pot Still whiskeys, each of which is crafted from Irish barley (the long summer days in Ireland, along with the mild and wet winters, are ideal for growing barley). After the barley has been malted, it is mashed and fermented before being distilled three times through copper pot stills and ultimately laid to rest in ex-bourbon American Oak casks.
The Irishman Cask Strength Irish Whiskey won the Gold Medal at the Whiskey Masters and was awarded 94.5 points in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. The 2018 bottling is limited to around 3,500 bottles, of which we are delighted to have been able to procure a few cases of to offer to the Singapore public, and comes in at a robust 54%.
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International Spirits Challenge – Gold Medal
Whiskey Masters – Gold Medal, Overall Winner
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible – 94.5 points
The company behind The Irishman whiskey was set up by husband and wife partnership Bernard and Rosemary Walsh in 1999. The initial aim for the Walshes was to blend and bottle the perfect Irish coffee, and as such the first offering from the couple was the Hot Irishman. Moving on from this, The Irishman Irish cream was released in 2005, before an agreement was reached with Irish Distillers in 2006 to distil and lay down whiskey stock for the Irishman whiskey. The first whiskey released under The Irishman label was released in 2007. Since then, the whiskey has went from strength to strength, earning critical acclaim and picking up multiple awards along the way. Many of the whiskeys in this range are unique, blending traditional Irish single pot still whiskeys with Single Malt Whiskeys, to create a fusion not seen since the heyday of Irish Whiskeys. The Irishman range has been so successful it has allowed the Walshes to open their own distillery, Royal Oak.
Royal Oak is the majestic home to the Walsh Whiskey Distillery, founded by Bernard Walsh, is a family-owned and operated distillery which ceremoniously opened its doors June 21, 2016. Walsh Whiskeys marks the return of Whiskey distilling to County Carlow, for the first time in over 200 years. They are also the only independent Irish Whiskey distillery to produce the three styles of Irish Whiskey- pot still, malt, and grain under one roof, in one still room. With columns for grain Whiskey, and pots stills for malt, Walsh Whiskey has the capacity to produce 650,000 cases of Whiskey per annum.
The picturesque distillery is also designed to hospitably caters to visitors, with its three specially crafted imported copper pots stills,built in the legendary Scottish Forsyths -the world’s most prestigious supplier of distillation equipment- and two, forty plate column stills.
A slight break from the traditional ex-Bourbon and Sherry, Walsh Distillery ages their Whiskeys in quality casks from around the world: Bourbon barrels from Kentucky, Sherry Butts from Jerez, Rum casks from St. Lucia and Marsala wine casks which they are receiving from their partners Illva Saronno in Sicily.
Walsh Whiskey’s heart and soul are the very popular Writers Tears and Irishman Whiskey. Their goal is to expand the already existing line-up of these Whiskeys. Their growing production line up is a robust offering of various expression of these brands, with 8 Whiskey (5 Irishman, 3 Writer’s Tears) offerings.
Their hybrid, single malt/pot still Irishman Founders Reserve, is highly acclaimed by Jim Murray who gave it 93 points, calling it “quite a wonderful blend.” Their distinctly floral, highly acclaimed Writer’s Tears Copper Pot , is also one of the highest rated Irish Whiskey’s in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible and one of our all-time favourites. Walsh rounds out their production range with an Irish coffee and Irish cream.
Producer Walsh Whiskeys Style Super Premium Blend of Single Malt and Single Pot Still Age No age statement Volume 70CL ABV 54%