Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Post Pig Party Whiskeys

Following all the pig and the wine from a few weeks ago the evening ended with a sampling of Irish whiskeys - the ones with an 'e' before the 'y' as opposed to their Scottish brethren.

Starting at the left is Bushmill's single malt, 16 year.  It is aged in bourbon, sherry and port barrels.  Tons of fruit in this stuff with hints of nuts and a bit of malt.  Really tasty in the mid palate.  Warm and wonderful and classy in the back of the throat.  My favorite of the three.

Tulamore Dew Special Reserve 12 year.  This one saw three barrels also, virgin, bourbon and sherry.  Light and flowery with hints of honey up front and very mellow in the middle with no flavors predominating.  A little herbaceous toward the end.  Definitely the lightest of the three. 

Jameson Gold Reserve.  There was no age statement on this bottle and until recently it was only available in airport duty free shops.  Two barrels on this one - bourbon and Oloroso sherry.  Strongest and most interesting nose with cinnamon and vanilla  being most prominent.  Wonderful fruit and grain taste, rich and full with some peppery notes at the end.  Good stuff.

All were 40% alcohol.

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