Whiskey is best enjoyed in good company. So I immediately agreed when my friend Aaron, who runs the Drams United blog, asked me if I wanted to try this 10-year-old Irish whiskey from Blackadder with him. Sniffing, sipping and dissecting the spirit together was good fun. And so was composing the tasting notes as a team. Here and there, our nostrils or palates were not 100 per cent aligned. So you will find some associations in my article that you will not find in Aaron’s – and the other way around. But for the bulk of aromas and flavors, we had not problem finding common ground. And our verdict turned out similar as well: A Drop Of The Irish 10yo Peated is a delicate, fun whiskey with light smoke and great appeal. To learn more about it, read my tasting notes below and Aaron’s over on Drams United!
Eye: Citrus yellow.
Nose: Light and delicate with bright fruits and fresh grasses. I get a lot of green apples, soft peaches and golden kiwis. These notes are accentuated by butter croissants, vanilla sauce, blossoming clover and thin, elegant smoke. This is a very inviting nose with a wonderful balanced.
Palate: Sweet turning into fruity. At first I get sugar cubes and liquid honey. Then follow pancakes with apple slices and whipped cream. Later, there appear more apples as well as pears and lemons. The spirit has a light, lean stature. The smoke is barley noticable at this point.
Finish: Short to medium. Now, the smoke makes itself known a little better. It stays for a short while, before it steps aside to provide space for more sweetness and light fruits.
Type: Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Age: 10 years old
Alc. volume: 46 per cent
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price range: 70.00 Euro
More info: http://www.blackadder.nu/