Origin: Cork (Ireland)
Type: Irish Blended Whiskey
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon finished in ex-Sherry Oloroso
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Hibernia Distillers
Average price: € 39.00
Official website: hydewhiskey.ie
Another bottling from the Irish Hibernia, this time the result of a blending of 8 years old single grain (from Great Northern Distillery, 75% of the total) and 18 years old single malt (from Cooley, 25% of the total), triple distilled, matured in charred ex-Bourbon casks with a finishing of nine months in ex -Oloroso Sherry.
Produced in 5,000 bottles, limited edition as it is the custom of the company, it honors the election of the first president of the Irish republic, Douglas Hyde, who ascended the chair on June 28, 1938.
Light gold in the glass.
Soft and spicy on the nose, it accompanies cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg on notes of pear and baked apple, caramel, brazil nut, toasted almond, lemon cream. At the bottom, a whiff of enamel and wood polish. The Sherry aging seems to struggle with the younger component of the whiskey.
The palate is presented with a rather exuberant alcohol, pushing initial impressions of espresso and chocolate, very pleasant, to which are added spices (ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, the latter more pronounced), baked apple, almonds, caramel, vanilla. Creamy and smooth, presents a note of wet cereals which is reinforced especially in length.
Medium long and spicy finish, peppery, of cereals, coffee, almonds.
To a bit disordered bouquet responds a welcoming palate, well balanced in its components which, despite not offering any particular richness, is quite pleasant and delivers a soft and spicy dram at a very appetizing price.