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Whisky Assessment: McConnell’s Irish Whisky Oloroso Sherry Cask


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Irish whisky, with out the “e” on function. The journey of McConnell’s Irish Whisky begins in 1776, and has skilled no scarcity of historical past in that point. In 1909 the primary distillery in Belfast, Eire, caught fireplace and all however destroyed the distillery in a single day. Over 500,000 gallons of McConnell’s whisky burned, and after practically 130 years of operation McConnell’s distillery was in destroy. Nonetheless, it will take American intervention to formally finish McConnell’s Irish Whisky with the passage of Prohibition in 1919.

McConnell’s Irish Whisky can be resurrected practically a century later by Conecuh Manufacturers. Conecuh and Nice Northern Distillery have introduced this whisky again whereas the brand new distillery is being reconstructed in practically the identical location because the unique distillery. Collectively the businesses have delivered to market a five-year Irish Whisky designed to imitate the unique recipe.

In a press launch, Jon Dubin is quoted as saying “with the expansion of McConnell’s Irish Whisky within the U.S., we’ll proceed to fulfill client demand for innovation. This Sherry Cask completed McConnell’s is an distinctive illustration of the high-quality Irish whisky we’re producing and the primary in a number of improvements deliberate for the model.”

This whisky is first aged in choose bourbon barrels earlier than being completed in Oloroso sherry casks. Many informal drinkers are conversant in Oloroso sherry finishes. Oloroso sherry is a wonderful ending cask, because the sherry is thought for its depth of perfume and flavors of dried fruit, leather-based, and polished wooden.

This providing additionally carries the five-year age assertion, though I’m unsure for a way lengthy the whisky ages within the sherry casks earlier than being bottled. At 46% and non-chill filtered, the official tasting notes of this whisky embody dried fig, Christmas spices of nutmeg and cinnamon, and tastes of Demerara sugar, raspberry and darkish chocolate, all completed with lingering oak and delicate clove. It sounds equal components winter dessert and whisky.

Mcconnell’s Sherry Cask End (picture by way of McConnell’s Irish Whisky)

Tasting Notes: McConnell’s Irish Whisky Aged in Oloroso sherry casks

Important Stats: 5 years outdated, completed in Oloroso sherry casks, MSRP $42.99

Look: Amber with sluggish skinny legs.

Nostril: A sherry bomb with whiffs of a contemporary cinnamon roll. Some baking spices and cigar tobacco spherical out the nostril.

Palate: The whisky general may be very gentle and watery. It tastes of cigar tobacco, purple apples, and a few darkish sugar. In the direction of the end you get notes of advanced sherry and outdated leather-based. It disappears over the tongue and doesn’t actually supply a lot in the way in which of endurance.



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