An incredible whiskey that does a lot to boost the innovative and exciting credentials of Ireland’s whiskey revival. This is the first and so far, the only Irish single malt to be aged in the famous Japanese Mizunara oak.
Whilst this whiskey was not produced at Glendalough distillery (which has only been operating since 2013), it was handpicked by distillery founders, as they felt it best reflected the distillery profile they had in mind.
In Ireland, 13 is a lucky number, and this 13 year old malt certainly seems to have been blessed with the luck of the Irish. Aged initially in former Bourbon casks, the spirit has then been transferred to Virgin Mizunara oak puncheon barrels handmade in Japan’s only independent cooperage.
Mizunara is known for producing a singularly aromatic and delicately flavoured coconutty spirit, and this dram is no exception. Dominated at first by the toffee-heavy flavours of Bourbon casks, this gives way to a glissando of citrus, spice and dried fruit flavours, nicely accompanied by some bright coconut, banana and almond notes.
This dram benefits considerably from being bottled at 46% ABV, and without chill filtration.
A truly terrific whiskey, one of the very finest Irish whiskies to be produced in recent years.