Origin: Sligo (Ireland)
Type: Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Tokaji
Added coloring: No
Owner: Lough Gill Distillery
Average price: € 145.00
Official website: www.athru.com
I end the tasting of the trilogy of bottlings proposed by the young Lough Gill Distillery with the third bottle of the First Editions series, with a design reminiscent of fine edition books.
Like the others, this edition contains Irish whiskey of unspecified provenance, aged 11 years in ex-Bourbon casks chosen by Billy Walker, and then aged three years in casks that have contained Hungarian Tokaji wine.
6600 bottles (as with the other two bottlings), dedicated to the legend of King Cormac
Thanks again to Brian Raethorne of Lough Gill Distillery for the sample.
Light gold in the glass.
Hazelnuts and vanilla greet the nose, accompanied by fruity and fresh aromas of green apple, pears, peach, orange peel and a drop of honey. A light touch of cinnamon. Over time, red fruits and gooseberries emerge with force, accentuating the vinous soul of the nose.
And the mouthfeel is indeed vinous, warm and spicy almost like mulled wine, with a sprinkling of white pepper. Fruit again guides the aromas, with apple, peach, melon, unripe plum and gooseberry. A hint of orange and an impression of vanilla. Linear and without surprises but very enjoyable.
Quite long finish of spices, plums, apple, wood.
The whiskey that convinced me least of the three, perhaps the influence of the Hungarian wine casks is not very centred and tends to flatten the aromas, but it remains nevertheless a very pleasant dram.