Review: Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

4 years (3.25 yrs ex-bourbon, 0.75 yrs ex-sherry)
Organic Corn and Malted Barley
Distiller Glendalough (Glendalough, Ireland)

This whisky is made from a combination of light corn and malted barley whiskey, aged in ex-Wild Turkey casks for over three years before being finished in a sherry barrel for 9 months. It is the “gateway” whisky to the range of Glendalough - but, by this, the lightest and most casual.

Available in all provinces in Canada except PEI and Nova Scotia.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

The sherry really comes through quite cleanly and beautifully here – I’ve had this whisky before it has gone through the sherry finish and it really is lacking intrigue. Before the sherry, it is creamy, buttery, with a hint of grassy grain. The sherry finish adds to that base with rich baking spices, lots of dried fruit, light rancio, and some fairly distinct cinnamon and oak. There is a nice grassy grain character to it - although overall it is still a light-medium bodied whisky. Vanilla and coconut are present throughout.

 I like the light tannins on the finish. This one is cleaner and more focused than most other younger blends in this category, which is a plus. Plus, the grain isn’t lost in here – the malt certainly, and a bit of the corn – it’s not all lost.

This one is described as a bit of a “gateway” whisky to the style – I suppose so, because it is relatively light-bodied. However, it certainly isn’t my experience that this is how most people start to appreciate the category. All that to say - if you find this one a bit bland or crave for something more punchy and unique – jump right to Glendalough’s pot still whisky. There is no lack of character there!

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Upper end of average at $45.