NEW GREAT TASTING IRISH WHISKEYS
We have some new stock of great Irish Whiskeys from small and large distillaries. Irish Whiskey is currently experiencing a big surge in popularity. The range of fine quality whiskeys coming to market has increased hugely. Some of the ones we think are worth trying(and all available in McCambridge’s) –
Connemara Turf Mor is the second of Connemara’s limited edition Small Batch Collection, and has been created using very heavily peated malt, with a phenol level of over 50ppm. A very pleasant, very peaty young whiskey.
Powers ‘John Lane’ single pot still whiskey – an attempt to recreate the earthier old Powers Pot Still style. Named after the address of the original Powers Distillery where a two of the giant old pot stills rest. It is entirely composed of pure pot still whiskeys from the Midleton distillery, which have been aged for between 12 and 14 years. This seems to be fast becoming a favourite premium Irish whiskey.
Jack Teeling, after helping to complete the aquistion of his family owned Cooley distillery by US company Jim Beam, has set up a new company called Teeling. Teeling Whiskey is a combination of malt and grain whiskey, with a higher than normal composition of first fill bourbon barrels and a higher than usual ratio of malt to grain. it’s described as quite a spicy whiskey with an extra sweet and smooth characteristic due to the influence of rum casks. We also have Teeling Hybrid which is the premium version. The first bottlings has just been released.
Celtic Cask Dó 2001 single malt comes from the Celtic Whiskey Shop in Dublin. The whiskey from Cooley was initially aged for 10 years in a second fill bourbon cask from Heaven Hill distillery. In October 2011, this cask was emptied to fill an Ànima Negra Mallorcan red wine cask and independently bottled by Celtic Whiskey Shop. The taste is described as dry with lots of peat smoke, with more dried fruits and hint of oak at the end.
If you are interested in learning more about Irish whiskeys I can recommend an excellent independent blog called Liquid Irish.