Type: Irish Single Malt Whiskey
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon First Fill, finished in ex-Calvados
Additional coloring: No
Owner: West Cork Distillers
Average price: € 35.00
Official website: www.westcorkdistillers.com
I’m back after some time on the Cork distillery’s Cask Collection with another one from the series, this time in casks that have previously contained Calvados produced by the Garnier Distillery.
Produced in Normandy, Calvados is an aquavit distilled from apple cider, and the Garnier family has been making it since 1877 in various expressions, from Fine to those aged up to twenty years.
If the West Cork label reminds you of something that has been seen on Scotch whisky shelves for a few months now, well… yes, the resemblance to the recent redesign of a well-known distillery is almost embarrassing.
The nose is dominated by the scent of freshly cut wood, on which green apples and pears have been rubbed and then sprinkled with lemon juice. Marzipan, pistachios and walnut bread gather around the aromas, in a fresh and spicy complex, very inviting. Hints of yeast along the length.
In the mouth it is light, taking up the freshness felt on the nose with less marked flavours, where the alcohol tends to prevail, extinguishing the tones of the distillate. More apples and pears on citric notes, spicy veins (pepper and aniseed), an impression of vanilla, herbaceous and vaguely balsamic touches. And alcohol dominates.
The finish is rather short and slightly spicy, of apples, malt, wood, lemon and tea leaves.
It’s a pity, because the nose didn’t promise much but it was at least interesting, but it is totally lost on the palate, perhaps paying too much for its youth, a little like the finishing in Sherry tried some time ago.