Nose: Fruity with hints of vanilla and floral aormas.
Taste: Sweet vanilla with toasted nuts and honey with a little oak.
Finish: Long lingering finish with a light maltiness and sweet oak. Not so much a finish, more of an encore.
We’re lucky enough to live in an age when we can have a glass of fine single malt Whiskey that’s as Irish as a leprechaun AND as tasty as a Highlander. The Irishman Small Batch Single Malt Whiskey is a triple-distilled Celtic wonder that’s aged to perfection in both ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks. This whiskey manages to exemplify all that is best in Irish Single malts, incredibly smooth but retaining a huge amount of character and flavour, and this golden spirit actually comes with a pot of gold — as in a pot full of gold and double gold medals from just about every competition that you can think of, including sweeping the board at this years London Spirits Competition by collecting awards for Best Spirit of the Year, Best Whiskey of the Year, Best in Show and Gold Medal.
4 x Awards at London Spirits Competition 2018
Gold Medal at International Spirits Challenge, London
Double Gold at International Spirits Challenge, San Francisco
93 points Beverage Tasting Institute USAGold Medal Winner ISW Awards Germany 2012
Gold Medal Winner at International Spirits Challenge, 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.
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.
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 Single Malt Age No age statement Volume 70CL ABV 40%