Review: Tyrconnell Madeira Finish 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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10 Years American Oak; Finished in Madeira casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Cooley (Louth, Ireland)

Madeira is one of my favourite fortified wines - made on the small Portugese island of Madeira (beautiful, if you ever fancy a visit to a wild island in the middle of the ocean with lush forests and mountains - who wouldn't?). The wine is made to favour oxidation, matured in heated tanks or in oak in warm warehouses. It's like extreme sherry - very rich, and generally less sweet than port or sherry. Tyrconnel finished 10 year old Irish single malt in Madeira casks - I like the vintage style label. Here we have it:

Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L14114 04/11/14

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Slightly rubbery and sulphury (ever so slight), with lots of dried fruit – dried mango, raisins, dried cherry, dried papaya, dried pear – also dust, old black licorice candy, macadamia nuts, and wet, mossy oak. The palate has a mix of earthy malt, mixed dried fruit, black licorice, almond, rancio, and a sharp nutty character right at the end. The finish is full of rancio and oxidized wine, wine gums, hazlenut, and clove. Great body on the finish – this is always important

Very complex, and quite unique. The sulphur edge is just about perfect. Really nice mix of dried fruit and earthiness.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $80.