Origin: Drogheda (Ireland)
Typology: Blended Malt Irish Whiskey
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-peated Quarte Casks
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Boann Distillery
Average price: € 55.00
Official website: boanndistillery.ie
It can’t be said that the new wave of Irish whiskey lacks initiative and imagination: with the flourishing of new distilleries and bonders, the variety of offerings from the Emerald Isle is catching up with (and probably soon surpassing) that of Scotland.
And Boann is certainly at the forefront in terms of the range of proposals, which with The Whistler label is rapidly conquering a good slice of enthusiasts not only in the United States (which is their core business) but also in the old continent.
And so here is the inevitable peated version in their extensive portfolio, the first blended resulting from an unspecified ageing of single malts (from “three areas of Ireland”) in ex-Bourbon barrels, aged for at least a year in peated quarter casks, all at a higher than usual alcohol content.
The name pays homage to what is perhaps the most famous of all spaghetti westerns.
Thanks to Belfast Whiskey Week for the sample.
Let’s start right away with what everyone expects, namely the smoke: on the nose, there is a medicinal, brackish vein that probably betrays its provenance. It’s grafted onto an intense spicy profile (cloves, roasted juniper) with vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate and cooked pear. Herbaceous notes in the background, between tea leaves and undergrowth. Balanced.
In the mouth the peaty impression is confirmed on the same gentle notes, with a more accentuated spice (pepper and ginger are added) on a lively and pungent body, sparkling and with a rich sylvan component. The soft, sweet base acts as a counterpoint in the background, emerging with buttery, fruity tones. Tobacco and bitter tips on the length.
The finish is quite long and dry, salty, spicy and bitter, with dull embers in the background.
An amusing, cheerful, light-hearted whiskey, which plays with the evocations of the title right into the glass, far from the commonplaces of Irish whiskey that are now somewhat set aside by everyone. It may not meet with everyone’s approval, but it certainly doesn’t go unnoticed.
Reviews of Boan Distillery whiskey in the blog:
The Whistler 7yo
The Whistler 7yo Cask Strength
The Whistler 10yo
The Whistler Calvados Cask Finish Batch 1
The Whistler Mosaic Marsala Cask Finish
The Whistler Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish