Type: Premium Blended Irish Whiskey
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry Oloroso first fill
Added colouring: No
Owner: Fortwilliam Spirits Ltd.
Average price: € 50.00
Official website: www.jimmacwhiskey.com
Hurling is a much-loved sport in Ireland, and like all sports it has created its own legends such as Jim McDonnell: born in 1936 and originally from Tipperary, as well as being a well-known hurler he owned a much-loved pub, The Shop, in his home town of Gortagarry.
The management of the pub has always remained in the family, and so we come to his nephew, John O’Brien, also a hurler, who at the end of 2020 launched this premium blended in honour of his uncle and his passion, among other things, for whiskey.
The pandemic halted the initial international release, causing its debut to be moved to 2022.
Blend of malt and grain whiskies (in the proportion 25/75) from West Cork, the former from ex-Sherry Oloroso casks, the latter from ex-Bourbon casks, in both cases first-fill, for ageing between four and five years.
The various components of the blend take their place on the olfactory stage, where cereals, green apple, vanilla, honey, lemon and nuts form an orderly and pleasant ensemble, with herbaceous and sulphurous veins. On the length, a slight caramel note emerges. Fresh and light.
The palate opens with a spicy note of pepper and ginger joined by marzipan, apple, pear, vanilla, honey and lemon zest. The herbaceous and vaguely metallic component is the main theme, marking the dram especially on the finish.
The finish is rather fleeting and slightly spicy, with vanilla, honey and cereal.
A simple dram that doesn’t aspire to be anything else, drinkable and harmless, perhaps too much so since it fades quickly and betrays its youth. Suitable for an absent-minded and casual drink.