Type: Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Ageing casks: Ex bourbon first fill
Added colouring: Yes
Owner: Niche Drinks
Average price: € 45.00
Official website: thequietmanirishwhiskey.com
Niche Drinks was founded in 1983 producing liqueurs, Irish coffees and ready-to-drink cocktails, until 2015 when it launched its own brand of Irish whiskey, The Quiet Man.
Without a distillery at the moment (although there has been talk for some time of building one, the first in almost a century in Derry), the expressions released so far come from other Irish producers, as is often the case on the green island.
There are four bottlings in the portfolio: a four-year-old blended, two 12-year-old single malts (one of which is finished in Sherry) and this single malt, said to come from Bushmills, with the brand name paying homage to the father of one of the partners, Ciaran Mulgrew, a bartender known for being one who could ‘keep a secret’.
Triple pot still distillation (therefore, malted and unmalted barley), as is the tradition, this single malt and the blended were the first to be launched on the market, while the two 12 year olds are hard to find except on their website (Niche’s, as they make no mention of them on The Quiet Man’s).
The nose has a lively spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg, on a classic profile of fruit (apple, peach, banana), vanilla, malt, orange peel. Some floral and herbaceous notes in the background. Over time it becomes even softer and rounder, very pleasant.
In the mouth it announces itself with a discreet sprinkling of white pepper on a light and elusive body, with the sweet and fruity tones fading in favour of a drier profile with bitter tips. And so we find mainly ripe peach and pear, bitter orange, touches of vanilla and honey, anise, a hint of malt and wood. In length, mainly wood and almond.
The finish is quite short, dry, of almond, anise, wood.
It’s probably really a Bushmills since, for me, it follows a bit of the pattern of their basic bottlings: a good nose to which a watery and sluggish palate responds.
It’s only recommended for those new to Irish whiskey, but then again there are already Bushmills whiskeys that cost considerably less.
The Whiskey Reviewer