Origin: Limerick (Ireland)
Type: Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Ageing cask: Finished in ex-Port
Added colouring: No
Owner: The Limerick Spirits Company
Average price: € 100.00
Official website: thomondgatewhiskey.com
Thomondgate is a district to the north of Limerick, once the gateway to western Ireland, and briefly had its own distillery resting on the banks of the River Shannon between 1809 and 1919, which was demolished in 1937.
The Limerick Spirits Company, founded by Nick Ryan, was born exactly one hundred years after the closure, on 16 October 2019, with the intention of bringing the whiskey tradition back to the county, and while waiting to build a new distillery, it has begun bottling third-party whiskeys, specifically from Great Northern Distillery.
The releases are inspired by local heroes of Irish history under the Departed Spirits of Limerick label, split between single malt and single pot still and all from single cask and cask strength.
Here we’re talking about a bottling from April 2021, with no age statement, whose initial maturation is unknown and which was finished in a single cask of Ruby Port, in homage to Michael Hogan who, after fighting against Cromwell’s troops, had to flee first to France and then to Portugal, where he became an important army general.
There is a version from a sister cask with a slightly lower strength, the sample was part of Episode Six from Three Drams.
Macadamia nut and chocolate emerge first, with a sprinkle of nutmeg giving a touch of roughness to a nose where the albeit considerable alcohol content is barely noticeable. Notes of currants and gooseberries carry forward the presence of the fortified wine, accompanied by pear, honey and cereal, with a hint of almond. With a little dilution, honey and vanilla become more incisive, adding a nice waxy note. Young but fairly balanced.
On the palate, the alcoholic warmth comes out without being overpowering, recovering the impressions of chocolate and nuts which become more distinct together with the vinous and acidulous notes. Spicy, with nutmeg and ginger, it brings out a softer aspect of vanilla and honey balanced by sensations of leather, coffee beans and wet stone in the background. A few drops of water shift the balance towards chocolate and coffee.
Fairly long finish of ginger, milk chocolate, almond, cereal.
When the full alcohol content succeeds in sustaining a young spirit, supporting its aromas and flavours while avoiding overflowing and excesses. Rich and interesting, as complex as a clearly unripe whiskey can be, it knows how to play the refinement card with an enjoyable and pleasant final result.