Happy St. Paddy’s Day to all ye fabulous people, who stumbled upon this blog – be it by choice or happenstance. I hope you either have a nice Irish whiskey in your glass already or will enjoy such a sip later on today. Naturally, I also chose a pour from Eire to toast the country’s patron saint. But I did not just pick any whiskey for that purpose. The Cask Strength 2017 edition by Writers’ Tears has been vatted from some of the most spectacular Pot Still and single malt casks from Walsh Distillery’s rich inventory. Composed from such good ingredients, it is not surprising that this triple distilled whiskey – which comes with a “just wow” packaging – makes a damn fine slug. Just like the bittersweet history of the proud but fate-stricken country from which it originates, it is filled with many opposites: It is powerful but gentle, sweet but spicy and upmarket but accessible. And most of all it is one helluva good whiskey to drink on St. Paddy’s Day!
Eye: A mix of polished bronze and darkened gold.
Nose: One sniff and you are in love… madly in love! First, an immense fruitiness fills your nostrils with the delicate smell of red apples and ripe mangos. Then, caramelized pears with a nougat flake topping follow. The spicy bite of ginger is in there as well and so is the alluring sweetness of brittle.
Palate: Oh yes, this one is strong! But it also has a smooth and mellow side. Its dominating flavors include pinapple slices, milk chocolate, chili peppers and, of course, red apples. Subtle notes of barley and other cereals round off this mighty fine offering from the Emerald Isle.
Finish: Now I know why this whiskey is called Writers’ Tears. Because when it begins to fade, tears start to fall. Thankfully, this does not happen anytime soon as this cask strength bottling stays with us for a while and leaves behind a sweet n’ creamy aftertaste.
Type: Irish whiskey
Aged: No Age Statement
Alc. volume: 53%
# of Bottles: 5,280
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price range: ~75.00 Euro
More info: www.walshwhiskey.com (Website) ; http://www.bremerspirituosencontor.de/ (Importer)