Ireland Two Stacks Whisky from 0 to 50 euros

Two Stacks The First Cut

Rerview of a quite rich Irish blended

Origin: Belfast (Northern Ireland)
Type: Irish Blended Whiskey
Gradation: 43%ABV
Ageing casks: Virgin, ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry Oloroso
Chillfiltered: No
Added colouring: No
Owner: Ireland Craft Beverages Ltd.
Average price: € 47.00
Official website: twostackswhiskey.com
Vote: 87/100

Another example of the Irish new wave, Two Stacks was founded in 2020 by Shane McCarthy, Liam Brogan and Donal McLynn, owners of an import/export and marketing company dedicated to beverages, Ireland Craft Beverages Ltd.
As the name suggests, their focus has always been on local and artisanal products, thus translating into the world of whiskey to revitalise the national tradition of bonders.
The search for whiskey therefore focuses on small productions from around the country, particularly the more robust styles that were in use around the 1960s, with the ageing and blending carried out in a strictly artisanal manner.
In addition, their labels meticulously state the composition of the blend, which is quite rare not only in Ireland but anywhere whisky is produced.
There are two basic blends, The First Cut and The Blender’s Cut, the latter bottled at cask strength, as well as several limited editions with different ageings for the Blender’s Cut.

This The First Cut is their calling card, a blend of 80% Dark and Light Grain in virgin and ex-Bourbon casks respectively, 8% pot still in ex-Sherry Oloroso, 10% double distilled malt in ex-Bourbon and 2% peated malt also in ex-Bourbon. The distillate originates from the Great Northern Distillery, while processing was carried out at the Killowen distillery.
There is also a provocative can edition.

Tasting notes

It’s the grain soul that emerges most decisively on the nose, very intense vegetal notes with veins of nutmeg in which tobacco leaves, freshly cut wood and wax pleasantly tingle the nostrils. But the nose digs deep, revealing a variegated wealth of aromas in which the various components alternate with playful frivolity, passing from white fruit (banana, pear, rennet apple) to dark fruit (raspberries, wild strawberries), from baked goods (muffins, sultana bread) to pastries (custard, panna cotta) and even coffee. A real pleasure to smell, always catching a different nuance intertwined with the previous ones.
After so much gargantuan joy, the palate surrenders to the spices that raise the tones (ginger, black pepper, cloves) in an oily, thick blanket of red fruits, citrus fruits, coffee, with the vegetal notes that substantiate in length along with nuts and dried fruits (almonds, sultanas, pine nuts, currants).
Quite long finish of spices, nuts, coffee, wood, wild strawberry and a puff of smoke.

What a spectacular nose, you could spend days smelling it in the glass! The combination of different spirits and casks has resulted in a decidedly freak aroma, to which the palate can only bow, being ‘only’ content to offer a solid, compact drink. Great blending work, which I look forward to seeing again at the full cask strength test in some time.

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