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Boann Distillery Ireland

The Whistler 7yo

Review of the young whisky bottled by Boann of Ireland.

Origin: Drogheda (Ireland)
Type: Irish Single Malt Whiskey
Gradation: 46%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry oloroso
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Boann Distillery
Average price: € 50.00
Official website: boanndistillery.ie
Vote: 85/100

Referring once again to our exclusive interview with Peter Cooney, one of the founders of Boann, we return to the core range of this young but very active Irish distillery.
Triple distillation as tradition dictates, this 7 year old bears the subtitle “The Blue Note”, as usual a musical reference, in this case to jazz (I refer you to Wikipedia which certainly knows more than I do).

The whiskey (distilled by Cooley) spent the first 5 years in ex-Bourbon casks and then finished maturing in ex-Sherry Oloroso casks directly from Boann.
There is also a 59% cask strength version of this ageing.

Dark amber in the glass.
A sherried bang welcomes the nose, intense and glossy, with dates and ripe figs galore, sultanas, peaches, orange (red and nice and juicy), caramel, a touch of liquorice, milk chocolate. Lacquered wood base. Really explosive, almost inebriating, even too much! And it doesn’t let up even in time….
On the palate things are more moderate, with a warm but more delicate liqueur-like mouthfeel, to which are added bitter tones of liquorice root and rhubarb always grafted onto the Spanish soul of oranges and ripe fruit, a touch of ginger, chocolate that becomes dark. Wood is always in the background, with woody impressions.
The finish is dry and moderately long, with oranges, dried fruit, caramel and wood.

Not exactly a monster of balance, it shows all the exuberance of its young years but also a lot of personality: a drink that certainly doesn’t bore and indeed is even amusing in its excesses, to be tried.

Other bottlings in the blog:
The Whistler 10yo
The Whistler Calvados Cask Finish Batch 1
The Whistler Mosaic Marsala Cask Finish
The Whistler Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

Other perspectives:
That’s Dram Good

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