Ratings & Reviews

 

 


ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE

April 2016

“Tasting Notes:
Bright and delicate aromas of breakfast cereal, sweet cream, orange peel, and apricot. The palate is wonderfully restrained with hints of peaches and cream with flavors of sweet spice and rolled oats. The finish is toasty and complex.”

“World’s Best Blended Irish Whiskey” Finalist
“Best Value” Award
“Cocktail Recommendation” Award
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ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE

April 2016

“Tasting Notes:
Bright and delicate aromas of breakfast cereal, sweet cream, orange peel, and apricot. The palate is wonderfully restrained with hints of peaches and cream with flavors of sweet spice and rolled oats. The finish is toasty and complex.”

“World’s Best Blended Irish Whiskey” Finalist
“Best Value” Award
“Cocktail Recommendation” Award
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Whisky Cast

February 2016

“The nose on this Bourbon-cask matured malt has notes of cherry pie, graham cracker pie crust, caramel, a touch of maltiness, baked oranges, and a hint of grapefruit in the background. The taste is thick and fruity with a good buildup of spicy dark pepper and allspice notes, balanced by orange pekoe tea, cherry cobbler, and touches of malt and nuts. A few drops of water opens up more fruity notes and boosts the spices as well. The finish is very long, spicy, with a nice tropical fruitiness in the background.”

Whiskey Cast

February 2016

“The nose on this Bourbon-cask matured malt has notes of cherry pie, graham cracker pie crust, caramel, a touch of maltiness, baked oranges, and a hint of grapefruit in the background. The taste is thick and fruity with a good buildup of spicy dark pepper and allspice notes, balanced by orange pekoe tea, cherry cobbler, and touches of malt and nuts. A few drops of water opens up more fruity notes and boosts the spices as well. The finish is very long, spicy, with a nice tropical fruitiness in the background.”

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Whiskey Cast

February 2016

“This blended Irish whiskey revives one of the classic brands dating back to the heyday of Irish Whiskey in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but which died out around 100 years ago. It was revived in 2014 with this traditionally blended Irish whiskey using a combination of column and pot still whiskies, and while it carries no official age statement, the blenders note that all of the casks presently being used are at least six years old.

The nose is rich, nutty, and fruity with red apples, ripe peaches, roasted almonds, a touch of allspice, and a hint of butterscotch in the background. The taste is oily and thick with notes of dark chocolate, chocolate mint, a touch of apple cobbler, lemon zest, vanilla, and a soft oakiness. The finish is malty, slightly tart with a hint of lemon and touches of vanilla and oak. Very nice.”

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Whiskey Cast

February 2016

“This blended Irish whiskey revives one of the classic brands dating back to the heyday of Irish Whiskey in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but which died out around 100 years ago. It was revived in 2014 with this traditionally blended Irish whiskey using a combination of column and pot still whiskies, and while it carries no official age statement, the blenders note that all of the casks presently being used are at least six years old.

The nose is rich, nutty, and fruity with red apples, ripe peaches, roasted almonds, a touch of allspice, and a hint of butterscotch in the background. The taste is oily and thick with notes of dark chocolate, chocolate mint, a touch of apple cobbler, lemon zest, vanilla, and a soft oakiness. The finish is malty, slightly tart with a hint of lemon and touches of vanilla and oak. Very nice.”

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Jim Murray

December 2015

“200 years ago, Kinahan’s was the favorite tipple of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The small batch single malt has blackcurrant jellies, cinnamon sticks, dry oak spices and baked raisins on the nose. An unctuous succulent palate follows, with rich baked goods, roasted fruits, baked orange, cherry cola, black pepper, and chili flakes. Round, weight, sweet, and rolling, this just laps up the water. Dark, oily finish with bitter chocolate. A single malt you can really get behind.”

Jim Murray

December 2015

“200 years ago, Kinahan’s was the favorite tipple of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The small batch single malt has blackcurrant jellies, cinnamon sticks, dry oak spices and baked raisins on the nose. An unctuous succulent palate follows, with rich baked goods, roasted fruits, baked orange, cherry cola, black pepper, and chili flakes. Round, weight, sweet, and rolling, this just laps up the water. Dark, oily finish with bitter chocolate. A single malt you can really get behind.”

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Jim Murray

December 2015

“They say that Jerry Thomas made Kinahan’s his whiskey of choice in 1862. A sniff today might reveal molten honey, flapjacks, dry grist, and a fresh apple Danish (apple, custard, and pastry). The palate has a nip of lozenge sweeties, more apples, peppermint, vanilla, and a slow slide into chocolate, lemon pith, and cocoa. The 25% malt content presses home the flavor. Palate-coating. It’s a blend of fine quality, and Kinahan’s revival adds to the resurgence of Dublin’s whiskey story.”

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Jim Murray

December 2015

“They say that Jerry Thomas made Kinahan’s his whiskey of choice in 1862. A sniff today might reveal molten honey, flapjacks, dry grist, and a fresh apple Danish (apple, custard, and pastry). The palate has a nip of lozenge sweeties, more apples, peppermint, vanilla, and a slow slide into chocolate, lemon pith, and cocoa. The 25% malt content presses home the flavor. Palate-coating. It’s a blend of fine quality, and Kinahan’s revival adds to the resurgence of Dublin’s whiskey story.”

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Wine Enthusiast

December 2015

“This golden whisky offers a fresh, grassy scent. Matured in former Bourbon barrels for at least 10 years, it’s soft yet smoky on the palate, though not overwhelmingly so. The smoke leaves plenty of room to enjoy the breezy tropical fruit, almond and ginger notes, finishing with a mellow honeysuckle accent.”

Wine Enthusiast

December 2015

“This golden whisky offers a fresh, grassy scent. Matured in former Bourbon barrels for at least 10 years, it’s soft yet smoky on the palate, though not overwhelmingly so. The smoke leaves plenty of room to enjoy the breezy tropical fruit, almond and ginger notes, finishing with a mellow honeysuckle accent.”

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F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal

December 2015

“Flax/pale gold color; flawless clarity. I like the opening fragrances of crisp red apple, toasted marshmallow, baked pear, cinnamon bun, vanilla bean – I mean, there’s a lot happening here aromatically that’s both spicy and fruity and terribly charming; further aeration releases minor scents of pipe tobacco and sea salt but the primary thrust remains the spiced orchard fruits. Entry is crisp, acidic, but refreshing, intensely spiced, toffee-like and flat-out zesty, which is not a common descriptor for Irish whiskey; midpalate highlights the vanilla and cinnamon bun aspects, as the apple/pear elements wanes. Finishes medium long, piquant, peppery, and with a late blooming spirit ‘kick’ that’s a pleasing way to end. Really delightful…”

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F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal

December 2015

“Flax/pale gold color; flawless clarity. I like the opening fragrances of crisp red apple, toasted marshmallow, baked pear, cinnamon bun, vanilla bean – I mean, there’s a lot happening here aromatically that’s both spicy and fruity and terribly charming; further aeration releases minor scents of pipe tobacco and sea salt but the primary thrust remains the spiced orchard fruits. Entry is crisp, acidic, but refreshing, intensely spiced, toffee-like and flat-out zesty, which is not a common descriptor for Irish whiskey; midpalate highlights the vanilla and cinnamon bun aspects, as the apple/pear elements wanes. Finishes medium long, piquant, peppery, and with a late blooming spirit ‘kick’ that’s a pleasing way to end. Really delightful…”

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Difford’s Guide

December 2015

“Appearance: Clear, light-mid golden amber. Aroma: Cherry, red apple and violets with peach, mocha coffee, overripe pineapple and vanilla. Taste: Black tea, mocha coffee, hazelnut, honey and cracked black pepper with red apples, toasty malt and dry oak. Aftertaste: Chocolate, black pepper, tobacco, hazelnuts and barley. Overall: Fruity and nutty with red apple, mocha coffee, tobacco and good maltiness.”

Difford’s Guide

December 2015

“Appearance: Clear, light-mid golden amber. Aroma: Cherry, red apple and violets with peach, mocha coffee, overripe pineapple and vanilla. Taste: Black tea, mocha coffee, hazelnut, honey and cracked black pepper with red apples, toasty malt and dry oak. Aftertaste: Chocolate, black pepper, tobacco, hazelnuts and barley. Overall: Fruity and nutty with red apple, mocha coffee, tobacco and good maltiness.”

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Difford’s Guide

December 2015

“Appearance: Clear, light-mid golden amber. Aroma: Buttery fudge, hazelnut, vanilla and caramel with praline and chocolate. Taste: Nutty, buttery vanilla fudge, tobacco with cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper spice. Aftertaste: Chocolaty, vanilla fudge with cinnamon, black pepper spice and faint tobacco. Overall: Nutty, buttery vanilla fudge with praline, chocolate and light spice.”

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Difford’s Guide

December 2015

“Appearance: Clear, light-mid golden amber. Aroma: Buttery fudge, hazelnut, vanilla and caramel with praline and chocolate. Taste: Nutty, buttery vanilla fudge, tobacco with cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper spice. Aftertaste: Chocolaty, vanilla fudge with cinnamon, black pepper spice and faint tobacco. Overall: Nutty, buttery vanilla fudge with praline, chocolate and light spice.”

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Modern Distillery Age

December 2015

“Light amber with an aroma of fresh green fruit, Granny Smith apples, white grapes and alcohol warmth. Smooth and lovely on the first sip. Elegant and soft with fruits (orange and tropical), salinity, iodine and white pepper. A full body. A long, lingering finish that’s warm.”

Modern Distillery Age

December 2015

“Light amber with an aroma of fresh green fruit, Granny Smith apples, white grapes and alcohol warmth. Smooth and lovely on the first sip. Elegant and soft with fruits (orange and tropical), salinity, iodine and white pepper. A full body. A long, lingering finish that’s warm.”

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Modern Distillery Age

December 2015

“Straw/gold with a light, floral aroma plus toffee sweetness and vanilla — a ‘traditional’ Irish whiskey aroma. Sweet and floral in the taste with oak, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. Balanced and elegant. Finishes with a touch of spiciness. Well made.”

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Modern Distillery Age

December 2015

“Straw/gold with a light, floral aroma plus toffee sweetness and vanilla — a ‘traditional’ Irish whiskey aroma. Sweet and floral in the taste with oak, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. Balanced and elegant. Finishes with a touch of spiciness. Well made.”

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F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal

November 2015

“Cambodge/marigold color; perfect purity. Mildly fruity and a bit reminiscent of bread pudding, the opening aroma here is much grainier than the blend version, which is all fruit and spice; more air contact unleashes an alluring wave of malted milk, barely malt, oaky vanillin, vegetable oil, bacon fat. Entry is measured, grainy sweet, almost more semi-sweet, beany (cocoa), and caramel-like; midpalate expands on the entry themes as the flavor profile turns drier, nutty, biscuit, cookie batter-like; of special note in the midpalate is the satiny texture. Ends on an astringent note that’s cleansing, silky smooth, and spicy. A handsome malt that is at its apex of maturity. Buy.”

F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal

November 2015

“Cambodge/marigold color; perfect purity. Mildly fruity and a bit reminiscent of bread pudding, the opening aroma here is much grainier than the blend version, which is all fruit and spice; more air contact unleashes an alluring wave of malted milk, barely malt, oaky vanillin, vegetable oil, bacon fat. Entry is measured, grainy sweet, almost more semi-sweet, beany (cocoa), and caramel-like; midpalate expands on the entry themes as the flavor profile turns drier, nutty, biscuit, cookie batter-like; of special note in the midpalate is the satiny texture. Ends on an astringent note that’s cleansing, silky smooth, and spicy. A handsome malt that is at its apex of maturity. Buy.”

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The Daily Meal

November 2015

“Composed of 100 percent malted barley, this Irish whiskey was distilled in copper pot stills. Tropical fruit aromas and Mexican vanilla bean aromas leap from the nose. Dried pineapple, marzipan, white pepper, and golden delicious apple flavors are all present on the palate, which has nice depth and an inherent bit of sweetness that has strong appeal. The persistent finish has a touch of pleasing heat, crème fraîche, continued spices, and a tiny hint of tar. This is a terrific offering that should please anyone who appreciates well-made single malts with genuine character.”

The Daily Meal

November 2015

“Composed of 100 percent malted barley, this Irish whiskey was distilled in copper pot stills. Tropical fruit aromas and Mexican vanilla bean aromas leap from the nose. Dried pineapple, marzipan, white pepper, and golden delicious apple flavors are all present on the palate, which has nice depth and an inherent bit of sweetness that has strong appeal. The persistent finish has a touch of pleasing heat, crème fraîche, continued spices, and a tiny hint of tar. This is a terrific offering that should please anyone who appreciates well-made single malts with genuine character.”

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