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

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ABV
46%
Aging
10 Years American Oak; Finished in Madeira casks
Recipe
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.


Review: Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey by Jason Hambrey

Tyrconnell 1.jpg
ABV
43%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Cooley (Louth, Ireland)

A single malt, double distilled, at Cooley - this is named after a racehorse, Tyrconnell, which captured the imagination of a distiller who consequently named a single malt after the chestnut colt.  Like Connemara, it is maintained by Kilbeggan who are still using stocks of single malt from Cooley distillery - though, perhaps, the juice in the bottle is now from the distillery which commenced distillation in 2010 after being shut down since 1954. Perhaps it's a mix of Kilbeggan and Cooley now, but I'm not sure. Regardless, to the whiskey!


Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L17123 09/11/17

  • Bottling Date: 2017

Dried fruit, cooked wine, dried fruit salsa, white pepper, brazil nuts, peach, hay, dried citrus peel – much more robust than the Bushmills malt to the north. Light earthiness on the nose – it is quite nice. The palate is full of barley, with a really nice earthiness from the barley. Dried fruits are throughout, and it is capped off with a light flourish of rancio. Banana, pear, and grapeseed oil on the palate too. The finish is lightly sweet and earthy, and full of nutty malt, alongside light spices, vanilla, green apple, and pizza dough.

Tasted side by side by another well known Irish single malt, Bushmills 10, it is a heavier spirit with a broader set of flavours, but it is also less mature.

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

Value: Average, at $46.