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Whiskey Evaluate: Talnua Olde Saint’s Preserve

Editor’s Be aware: This whiskey was supplied to us as a evaluation pattern by Talnua Distillery. This under no circumstances, per our editorial insurance policies, influenced the ultimate final result of this evaluation. It must also be famous that by clicking the purchase hyperlink in direction of the underside of this evaluation our website receives a small referral fee which helps to assist, however not affect, our editorial and different prices.

Arvada, Colorado, distillery Talnua has staked out an attention-grabbing area of interest for itself. As common supervisor Maya Oren stated in a current interview with Whiskey Wash, Talnua Distillery is “the primary distillery exterior of Eire that’s absolutely devoted to creating pot nonetheless whiskey.” It must be clarified that on this case, “pot nonetheless whiskey” means extra than simply whiskey constituted of a pot quite than a column nonetheless. It refers to a selected class intimately related to each the historical past and the resurgence of Irish whiskey-making.

The class is outlined as a lot by the inclusion of each malted and unmalted barley within the mash as it’s by means of the namesake implement. Whereas the usage of pot stills is on the rise in the USA (notably amongst craft distillers who’ve much less curiosity within the increased manufacturing volumes of the column design), pot nonetheless whiskey made within the Irish model is a rarity. A distillery absolutely devoted to the model is remarkable till now. 

Whereas Talnua takes inspiration and stylistic cues from Irish custom (going as far as to respect the necessities of the Technical File that governs the manufacturing of Irish Whiskey in Eire), they’re completely clear that they’re making American whiskey. Co-Founders Meagan and Patrick Miller first turned enamored with pot nonetheless whiskey whereas honeymooning in Eire, however studied the commerce stateside. The affect of Patrick’s time at Colorado single-malt distillery Stranahan’s is discernible in Talnua’s use of native substances to imbue a traditional European model with American regional terroir.

Talnua celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with the yearly launch of their Olde Saint’s Preserve collection, restricted bottlings of creatively-finished single pot nonetheless whiskey. The title references a legend during which Gaelic monks reserved shares of their most interesting aqua vitae to be served to essentially the most celebrated company. The 2022 launch of Olde Saint’s Preserve is a mixture of single pot nonetheless whiskeys aged in ex-bourbon and Port casks. As soon as blended, the whiskey was added to casks that previously aged Pineau de Charantes, a fortified wine fashionable within the west of France constituted of the mix of grape juice or should with Cognac eau de vie. Pineau is rare past the départements of western France the place it’s produced, and that is the primary I’ve heard of it getting used as a end for whiskey!

Talnua 2022 Olde Saint’s Preserve (picture by way of Talnua)

Tasting Notes: Talnua Olde Saint’s Preserve

Important Stats: No age assertion supplied, save that it spent 10 months in Pineau de Charantes casks. Bottled at 100 proof. Priced at $100.

Look: Clear amber.

Nostril: Blackberry pie a la mode, marmalade.

Palate: One thing like a pinot noir with a splash of pepper – there may be that unmistakable taste of fruits which might be someway concurrently juicy and dried with a protracted, leathery end augmented by a slow-fading spicy tingle.


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