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Review: Templeton 6 Year Old Rye

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 3, 2019

Templeton Rye is a product of Templeton Rye Spirits based in Iowa. The whiskey was distilled in Indiana by MGP which is a distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, that produce spirits for private label sale (formerly Lawrenceburg Distillers of Indiana). Although the current bottled whiskey is produced by MGP, this past August, Templeton Rye celebrated the grand opening of the organization’s new new 34,500 square-foot distillery which has the ability to produce up to 500,000 proof gallons of rye whiskey annually. This means that in 2022 Templeton will be able to bottle and sell their own grain to glass whiskey.

The new Templeton Rye 6 Year Old (released in 2016), is apparently based upon a family recipe which dates back to the Prohibition era. The Whiskey was aged in new American oak barrels before being bottled at 45.75% Alcohol by volume.

Review: Templeton 6 Year Old Rye

“… The flavour is robust with rye grain and wood spices melded into complimentary flavours of butterscotch, vanilla and almond. Malted milk chocolate, maple dipped graham wafers, and crusty sourdough rye flavours seem to ooze out as well …”

Please enjoy my review which includes a few serving suggestions for your enjoyment.

Chimo!

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Review: Writer’s Tears Cask Strength

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 13, 2019

Recently (February 7, 2019), the LCBO Whisky Shop launched a 7 brand Walsh Whiskey feature which included the 2018 bottling of Writer’s Tears Cask Strength (Irish Whisky).

The 2018 vintage is the 8th annual release of Writers’ Tears Cask Strength from Walsh Whiskey. It is a vatting of aged Single Pot Still and Single Malt Whiskey, triple distilled, aged in Bourbon barrels, non-chill filtered and bottled at 53% alcohol by volume.

According to Bernard Walsh:

“This whiskey displays a complex nose of toasted cereal, almond oils, creamy chocolate and sweet floral notes. On the palate it reveals wild honey, summer fruits, fresh ginger, all underpinned by a spicy single pot still base. It has a delicate, warmth and lingering finish. I hope the lucky few who acquire this year’s release enjoy every moment.”

The 2018 release is limited to just 5,175 individually numbered bottles each signed by Walsh Whiskey Founder and Chief Executive – Bernard Walsh. The super-premium whiskey is for sale across selected markets worldwide (including of course at the LCBO in Ontario).

Here is a link to my final review in my Walsh Whiskey review series:

Review: Writer’s Tears Cask Strength (Irish Whiskey)

“… Interestingly enough, I have felt no desire to add ice or water to the whiskey. The balance of heat and flavour has seemed to be just about perfect, and I do not want to do anything to upset what is seemingly an almost perfect whiskey …”

Please enjoy my review of this wonderful new Irish Whiskey!

Chimo!

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Review: Writer’s Tears Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish (Irish Whisky) 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 6, 2019

Recently (February 7, 2019), the LCBO Whisky Shop launched a 7 brand Walsh Whiskey feature which included the 2018 bottling of Writer’s Tears Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish (Irish Whisky).

According to the information sent to me Writer’s Tears Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish is a unique blend of Single Malt and Single Pot Still Whiskey. It is distilled 3 times and aged in American Oak bourbon casks. After this first maturation the whiskey is then finished for nine addition months Cognac Casks from the family cooperage of Allary. These casks have been seasoned for up to 15 years with Deau XO from the Legaret family.

Here is a link to my latest Irish Whiskey Review:

Review: Writer’s Tears Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish (Irish Whisky)

“… Oak and toffee scents deepen with obvious scents of fresh grain and malted barley. The fruity notes have intensified as well representing green grapes, pears and canned apricot. There are hints of cherry and underlying smells of cedar and poplar …”

Please enjoy my review of this wonderful new Irish Whiskey!

Chimo!

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Review: Writers Tears Red Head Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 27, 2019

On February 7, 2019 the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) launched 7 Walsh Whiskey brands in LCBO Whisky Shop. I was sent a media kit from Woodman Wines & Spirits who represent Walsh Whiskey interests in Ontario. This kit contained 6 of the Walsh Whiskey Brands for me to taste, and I have decided to publish a timely series of reviews introducing several of Walsh Whiskey Spirits during the LCBO launch and running through to St. Patrick’s Day.

Bernard and Rosemary Walsh began producing their own independent Irish Whiskey brands in 2007 with the introduction of The Irishman 70 (aka The Irishman Original Clan in the USA) and The Irishman – Single Malt. In 2009 they expanded the portfolio with the introduction Writers Tears, a boutique brand which was created to bring additional nuance to the Irish Whiskey Category.

The subject of this review, Writers Tears Red Head Single Malt Irish Whisky, is a triple-distilled single malt spirit matured in Spanish butts which were previously seasoned with Olorosso sherry. The Sherry butts impart both flavour and a coppery orange hue which has given rise to the name of the Whiskey, ‘Red Head’.

Here is a link to my revised review:

Review: Writers Tears Red Head Single Malt Irish Whiskey

“… The Olorosso influence brings flavours of raisins and other dried fruit (peaches and dates). The oak influence is full of fine heated wood spices, ginger and orange peel. The different components work together bringing a yummy heated menagerie of whiskey flavour across the palate …”

Please enjoy the review series and do try my suggested serving, An Old Fashioned Redhead.

Chimo!

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Review: The Irishman Vintage Cask 2018 (Irish Whisky)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 20, 2019

Recently (February 7, 2019), Ontario’s LCBO Whisky Shop launched a 7 brand Walsh Whiskey feature which included the 2018 bottling of The Irishman Cask Strength Whiskey. The 2018 version is dubbed The Irishman Vintage Cask 2018 (Irish Whisky).

According to the information sent to me The Irishman Vintage Cask (2018) is Ireland’s most exclusive Whiskey. It is distilled 3 times and aged in American Oak. Each year Bernard Walsh selects a handful of exceptional casks to make his Super Premium Cask Strength Irish Whiskey. It is available in strictly limited quantities with just 3,510 bottles produced in 2018. Each bottle is uniquely numbered and signed. This year’s expression was bottled at 54 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: The Irishman Vintage Cask 2018 (Irish Whisky)

“… Oak and toffee melded with vanilla and almond representing a yummy marzipan. Robust barley grain accented with hints of maple and leather, canned apricots and marmalade. Hints of cinnamon and ginger spice. The whisky seems well-balanced with the barley growing in stature as the dram breathes …”

Please enjoy my review of this exclusive Irish Whiskey.

Chimo!

 

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