Nose: Zesty spice with hints of black pepper and vanilla.
Taste: Pot Still Spice, malt, bourbon oak, and sweet caramel.
Finish: Everlasting finish with oak and butterscotch.
The Irishman line of Whiskeys comes from the upstarts at Walsh Whiskey Co. who set out to rediscover Irish-style Whiskey as it was made 200 years ago. The Founder’s Reserve is a unique take on the old Irish Pot Still Whiskey and is the original and signature blend created by founder Bernard Walsh. It is a blend of two styles, Single Malt and Single Pot Still. The proportions used are 70% Single Malt and 30% Single Pot Still. This is unusual in itself, as it is the only Irish blended whiskey to contain 100% whiskey distillates from the copper pot still and 0% inferior Grain or Column still whiskey. This results in a much more flavoursome whiskey. The Founder’s Reserve is triple distilled and matured in hand selected Bourbon Casks, resulting in an incredible smooth and flavoursome whiskey.
Gold Medal at International Spirits Challenge London
Gold Medal at International Spirits Competition San Francisco
94 Points Beverage Tasting Institute USA
93 Points Jim Murray Whiskey Bible
Gold Medal at International Spirits Competition San Francisco 2013
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.
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 Premium Blend of Single Malt and Single Pot Still Volume 70CL ABV 40%