Ireland Lough Gill Distillery Whisky from 100 to 200 euros

Athrú Knocknarea 14yo

Review of the second of three special editions from the young Irish distillery Lough Gill.

Origin: Sligo (Ireland)
Type: Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Gradation: 48%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry Oloroso
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Lough Gill Distillery
Average price: € 145.00
Official website: www.athru.com
Vote: 88/100

Second of the first three bottlings from this new Sligo distillery, part of the First Editions series featuring packaging reminiscent of the first editions of fine volumes.
Like the others, this edition contains Irish whiskey of unspecified provenance that has been aged 10 years in ex-Bourbon casks, chosen by the well-known Billy Walker for a further four years’ maturation, in this case in ex-Sherry Oloroso casks.
For details on the distillery and these editions, see the previous article.

I really enjoyed Annacoona, the first bottling in the series (limited to 6,600 bottles like the others), will this one be the same?
I renew my thanks to Brian Raethorne of Lough Gill Distillery for the sample.

Tasting notes

Amber in the glass.
Very citrusy olfactory profile, with blood orange and cedar supporting notes of cinnamon, dates, hazelnut, hint of liquorice. New wood furniture and pencil shavings hover around the aromas. Fresh and elegant.
Oily and warm in the mouth, it comes across as apple strudel in liquid form, rich and spicy, with caramel, brown sugar, baked plum, bitter cocoa powder. More citrus in the form of candied orange and pencil shavings in the background.
Quite long finish of orange, cinnamon, wood.

Less persuasive than the Annacoona but still elegant and stylish, balanced in the presence of wood that caresses without invading the aromas as well as in the very delicate sweetness.

Reviews of Lough Gill whiskey in the blog:
Athrú Annacoona 14yo
Athrú Keshcorran 14yo

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