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Review: The Irishman Caribbean Cask Finish Irish Whiskey

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 13, 2019

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 Irishman Caribbean Cask Finish Irish Whiskey is the second expression in The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Cask Series. This limited edition Founder’s Reserve Whiskey, after being aged in bourbon barrels is then finished for 6 months in Chairman’s Reserve Rum casks from the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia.  The spirit is then bottled at 46 % alcohol by volume.

The Caribbean Cask Finish Irish Whiskey is part of the 7 brand Walsh Whiskey feature which launched in the LCBO Whisky Shop on February 7, 2019.

Here is a link to my full Review:

Review: The Irishman Caribbean Cask Finish Irish Whiskey

“… The Caribbean Cask Finish Whiskey. however, seemed to wear a mask. The nose was very retrained at first as if the barley and oak were unable to rise up out of the glass. There was a light cane sweetness apparent which seemed to cover over the barley grain and the oak spice. In fact, it seemed to me that some of the residual rum from the finishing cask was competing for my attention …”

Please enjoy the review which concludes with an Old fashioned Cocktail.

Chimo!

 

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Walsh Whiskey launches 7 brands in LCBO Whisky Shop

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 4, 2019

A Walsh Whiskey Feature will launch 7 brands in LCBO Whisky Shop on February 7, 2019:

  • Writers’ Tears Red Head
  • Writers’ Tears Copper Pot Cognac Cask Finish
  • Writers’ Tears Cask Strength
  • The Irishman Founder’s Reserve
  • The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Caribbean Cask Finish
  • The Irishman Single Malt
  • The Irishman Cask Strength

Established in 1999, Walsh Whiskey is a producer of the premium triple-distilled Irish craft whiskey brands – The Irishman and Writers’ Tears.

Bernard Walsh, founder, is a farmer’s son from County Tipperary, a landlocked rural area that’s home to mountains, rivers, lakes and farmland.  A mere 100 northeast kilometers away, one can find the town land of Clorusk and within, Royal Oak, a small village in County Carlow and the home of Walsh Distillery (now Royal Oak Distillery)

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.

Recently I was sent a media kit from Woodman Wines & Spirits who represent Walsh Whiskey interests in Ontario. 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.

The first review for the The Irishman Founder’s Reserve will publish on Wednesday just before the launch.

Chimo!

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Review: Crown Royal Blender’s Mash (aka Crown Royal Bourbon Mash)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 9, 2018

Crown Royal Canadian Whisky is currently produced in Gimli, Manitoba, at the Crown Royal Distillery. The distillery and the brand are owned by the spirits conglomerate, Diageo, and I think it is fair to say that Crown Royal is Diageo’s flagship Canadian Whisky brand.

Last year Crown Royal introduced what they call their Blenders’ Series, a new line of special whiskies that celebrate the art of blending. The series is a tribute to their iconic Crown Royal Deluxe Whisky, and each release in the Crown Royal Blenders’ Series will showcase a classic whisky style. Last March the first release in that collection was unveiled as Crown Royal Blender’s Mash. The use of the word ‘bourbon’ created controversy when the Canadian Whisky was released in the USA as this was considered by many to be a violation of the US labeling rules regarding what can and cannot be called a bourbon whisky. This means that the spirit was soon re-branded in the US market as Crown Royal Blenders’ Mash.

Here is a link to my latest review:

Review: Crown Royal Blender’s Mash (aka Crown Royal Bourbon Mash)

“… The aroma from the glass is very ‘bourbon-like’ with notes of fresh oak and cedar melded with corn and vanilla. Light notes of honeycomb and graham wafer can be found as well as some finer oak spices. Given some time in the glass some fruitiness develops with scents of green apple and under ripe pears, as well as bits of orange peel and almond …”

Please enjoy my review of this new Canadian Whisky, Chimo!

 

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Review: Canadian Club Premium Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 10, 2018

Today Canadian Club Premium is the flagship brand for the company. Although it was previously aged for a minimum of 6 years in white oak barrels, the brand carries no longer carries an age statement. The aforementioned Canadian Club website now reports:

” … Our best-selling, flagship whisky is where most folks begin their whisky journey. This is the one that started the legend. A giant of Canadian whisky since 1858, it’s aged longer than the 3 years required by law in oak barrels before bottling for the smoothest possible flavour. …” 

If you have been paying attention to the new television ads, you will have noticed that Canadian Club has been touting their flagship whisky with a new advertisement featuring the outstanding score (92/100) which Jim Murray (revered whisky critic) recently gave the spirit. This high score is quite a bit north of the last score I published two years ago. However when I learned of Jim Murray’s high score, I couldn’t resist checking my recent private score when I served as a juror for the 2018 Canadian Whisky Awards. Indeed, I found that I also had scored the whisky somewhat higher for those awards than I had in my past review.

So I decided to revisit Canadian Club Premium to see if these observations held up when I tasted the spirit in isolation.

Here is a link to my new review:

Review: Canadian Club Premium Whisky 

“… The initial aroma brings fine wood spice, light vanilla butterscotch and almond scents with a mild grassy/herbal impression. As the glass sits, I notice a slight thickening of the aroma. Spicy fine oak permeates the breezes with caramel toffee beginning to develop from the wood spice, the butterscotch and the vanilla …”

Please enjoy my latest look at Canadian Club Premium.

Chimo!

 

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Review: Gordon and MacPhail Tomatin Distillery 2002 (Connoisseurs Choice)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 26, 2018

The Tomatin Distillery is located in the Monadhliath Mountains near Inverness, the capital of the Highlands of Scotland. The Distillery was established in 1897. (For those who do not know, the term “established in 1897″ is a code term which represents an acknowledgement by the distillery that the company began to legally pay taxes on the spirits it produced in that year. When the Distillery actually began to produces spirits is not acknowledged.) Because of its location in the Monadhliath Mountains, Tomatin is one of the highest distilleries (elevation wise) in Scotland at 315 metres above sea level. In 1985 as the Distillery was expanded and was at that time renamed, The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd..

Gordon and MacPhail Tomatin Distillery 2002 (Connoisseurs Choice) is a Single Malt Whisky which was distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2016. It was matured in First fill bourbon barrels with no special finishing.

Here is a link to my latest Review:

Review: Gordon and MacPhail Tomatin Distillery 2002 (Connoisseurs Choice)

” …Moderately complex with oak and heather melding with almond, vanilla and butterscotch. A fruitiness is apparent with flavours of apricot and pears perhaps augmented by a light touch of cherry and raisin. As I found the dram on the nose, the flavours appear to coexist very nicely …”

Please enjoy my review of this wonderful offering from Gordon and MacPhail, Chimo!

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