Cork Whiskey Way

Cork Whiskey Way

We’re delighted to be part of the Cork Whiskey Way that gives you the opportunity to experience two of Cork’s greatest treasures, our whiskeys and our pubs.

Having specially selected a number of pubs, renowned for their great atmospheres and welcoming bartenders who have a passion for Irish whiskey, Irish Distillers have given us the seal of approval to offer you a great selection of fine Irish whiskies.

In order to be called an ‘Irish Whiskey, the distilled spirit must be;

  • aged in wood barrels for a minimum of 3 years
  • a minimum of 40% ABV
  • distilled and matured on the island of Ireland

There are several types of Irish Whiskey including;

Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Pot still whiskey is whiskey made from a combination of malted barley and unmalted barley and is distilled in traditional copper pot stills. Pot Still Irish Whiskeys are characterised by full bodied flavours and a wonderful creamy mouth feel.

Blended Irish Whiskey
A blended whiskey is a combination of 2 or more styles of whiskey (grain, pot still or malt whiskey).

Grain Irish Whiskey
Grain whiskey is typically produced from a mash of maize and malted barley. Grain whiskey is lighter in character than pot still whiskey and generally the characteristics display delicate, fragrant and floral notes.

Malt Irish Whiskey
A single malt whiskey is made exclusively from malted barley and is distilled using a pot still.

The Nose, Taste and Finish Of A Whiskey

The Nose
The nose can vary from light to rich, robust to mellow and simple to complex. The addition of a little water brings the full bouquet of the spirit to the fore.

However, be careful when adding ice to a whiskey as it can mute the aromas slightly.

The Taste
As the first sip is held in the mouth, the numerous, acutely sensitive taste buds of the tongue differentiate the taste profile of the whiskey. The tastes that you will experience are often described in terms of the following; Sherry richness, spicy, nutty, vanilla, dark chocolate, woody, honey, full bodied and creamy. A good whiskey will stimulate your taste buds to enjoy many of these flavours.

The Finish
Having savoured the taste, the finish refers to the more defined flavour that is left in your mouth. This may be quite different from the initial sips, leaving either a sweet, dry or smooth essence on the tongue.

What we have on offer

Jameson Irish Whiskey €4.60 (Blended Irish Whiskey)

Nose: Mellow, pot whiskey, toasted with rosso sherry undertones.

Taste: Smooth, sweet wood with nutty notes.

Finish: Exceptionally smooth.

Crested Ten Irish Whiskey €4.80 (Blended Irish Whiskey)

Nose: Vivid sherry, hearty pot still, some spice and hint of melon and ginger.

Taste: Full bodied with soft delicate sherry undertones, toasted wood, perfectly balanced with fruit, spice and some chocolate notes.

Finish: A warm embrace of lingering sherry notes.

Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve €8.00 (Blended Irish Whiskey)

Nose: Intense spicy notes from the mature pot still whiskey, creating an assertively full-bodied aroma.

Taste: Significant sherry richness leading to a nutty flavour with mild woody undertones from the years spent in the cask.

Finish: Warm and long-lasting.

Jameson Black Barrel €7.00 (Blended Irish Whiskey)

Nose: Rich and full, developing into the succulent sweetness of exotic fruits like nectarines, apricot and papaya.

Taste: A burst of flavours combine to produce a creamy luscious taste experience. The waves of vanilla, toasted wood and spices roll through from the pot still whiskey and flame charred barrels, while the special fruity sweetness from the grain remains consistent.

Finish: An incredibly long finish with fruit and wood spices lingering in perfect proportion, delivering an extremely rich and luxurious taste experience

Jameson Gold Reserve €11.50 (Blended Irish Whiskey)

Nose: Fragrant notes of toasted oak with an added dimension of sweet wood compounds from the clever use of unseasoned virgin oak, combine with the aroma of pot still spices and soft sherry fruitiness.

Taste: Deep succulent fruit and a touch of nuttiness from the Oloroso sherry butts are layered with flavours of the bourbon barrels and vanilla sweetness from the virgin oak. Pot still oils and spices combine perfectly with the wood flavours delivering an exceptionally smooth and complex flavour.

Finish: A very long finish with a pleasantly peppery finale

Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve €15.00 (Blended Irish Whiskey)

Nose: Aromatic oils with a touch of wood and spicy toffee.

Taste: Wonderfully mellow and smooth, a mouthful of complex flavours – toffee, spice, hints of wood and leather, gentle sherry nuttiness, with vanilla.

Finish: A long lingering finish carries the theme of the wood, spice and toffee right through to the end.

Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve €40.00 (Blended Irish Whiskey)

Nose: A real full bodied aroma. Initially sweet with ripe fruit notes of melon, bananas and dark fleshy plums. The unmistakable pot still spicy character combines to give hints of treacle, cinnamon and liquorice.

Taste: Mellow sweetness and toasted wood are complemented by fruit richness, characteristic of the port casks. A touch of creamy dairy fudge and dark chocolate add to the complexity.

Finish: A tantalisingly long finish which covers the spectrum from the sweetness of fruit, through the spices, to the unmistakable note of the barley where it all began.

Redbreast 12 Year Old €8.00 (Single Pot Still Whiskey)

Nose: A complex spicy and fruity aroma with toasted wood notes evident.

Taste: Full flavoured and complex; a harmonious balance of spicy, creamy, fruity, sherry and toasted notes.

Finish: Satisfyingly long, the complex flavours linger on the palate.

Redbreast 15 Year Old €12.50 (Single Pot Still Whiskey)

Nose: Full and rich with a complex yet balanced mix of berry fruits and aromatic oils.

Taste: Fully round and mellow with the succulence of fleshy fruit combined with spices and toasted wood.

Finish: Long and sophisticated.

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength €12.00 (Single Pot Still Whiskey)

Nose: A fruit explosion; figs, dates, ripe banana, sultana, red apple and lime. Pot still spices combine with the sweet vanilla and pine from the casks.

Taste: Deep full dried fruit, a touch of citrus with aromatic oils and spices. Vanilla sweetness leads to toasted oak and barley.

Finish: Exceedingly long, rich complexity of spices and fruit, slowly fading through sweet butterscotch to barley.

Redbreast 21 Year Old €20.00 (Single Pot Still Whiskey)

Nose: Remarkable aroma spanning fresh tropical fruits, nuts and rich dried fruit.

Taste: Soft vanilla, toasted oak, sherry nuttiness with a dusting of pot still spices. Luscious fleshy fruit notes complete the creamy mouth feel.

Finish: Lingers, seemingly forever, to oak and pot still spices and then, the final bow from the barley where it all began.

Green Spot €7.00 (Single Pot Still Whiskey)

Nose: Fresh aromatic oils and spices with orchard fruits and barley on a background of toasted wood.

Taste: Full spicy body. A hint of cloves along with the fruity sweetness of green apples, rounded off with toasted oak.

Finish: Lingering flavours of spices and barley.

Yellow Spot 12 year old €9.00 (Single Pot Still Whiskey)

Nose: Mown hay & cracked black pepper. Red bell peppers, nutmeg, clove oil & green tea. Sweet honey & peaches from the Malaga casks.

Taste: Honey sweetness with pot still spices. Flavours of fresh coffee, creamy milk chocolate & Crème Brûlée. Notes of red apples & toasted oak.

Finish: Sophisticated & complex. Sweetness throughout, with a mix of red grape & dry barley upon exit.

Midleton Very Rare €17.50 (Blended Irish Whiskey)

Nose: A rich, full pot still character with touches of ripe juicy sultanas, yeasty fruitiness and acacia honey.

Taste: A sweet crisp, truly unique taste. A maltiness is first apparent and then the richness of honey, berry fruits and hints of clementines to the fore.

Finish: A very long finish with a pleasantly peppery finale.

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy €23.00 (Single Pot Still Whiskey)

Nose: Elegant aroma of vanilla and toasted oak complimented by a touch of lime, succulent green berries, pears and green sweet pepper.

Taste: Light pepper carries onto fresh citrus, limes and mandarin orange sweetness. A hint of cinnamon with vanilla and oak reveals its years spent in American oak.

Finish: The full spectrum of flavours lasts well into the finish, slowly fading to expose the clean American oak foundation.

Powers Gold Label €4.60 (Blended Irish Whiskey)

Nose: Fruity, spicy with some dry peppery tones.

Taste: Full flavoured predominately pot still with honeyed spicy notes.

Finish: Sweet yet spicy with lingering Barley notes.

Powers 12 Year Old Special Reserve €7.30 (Blended Irish Whiskey)

Nose: Spicy, honeyed, with a touch of perfumed oils, it is full bodied and flavoursome.

Taste: The familiar taste of this famous whiskey is enhanced, by long ageing to reveal a spicy complexity and additional velvet smoothness.

Finish: The velvet smoothness is finished with a distinguishing touch of gentle woodiness.

Powers John’s Lane Release €8.50 (Single Pot Still Whiskey)

Nose: An abundance of earthy aromas, leather, tobacco with layers of charred wood, dark chocolate and treacle toffee.

Taste: Full bodied spice front followed by vanilla, honey and dried apricot.

Finish: Lingering honey sweetness on toasted oak.

Powers Signature Release €7.80 (Blended Irish Whiskey)

Nose: Opens with the undeniable aromatics of traditional Pot Still Irish Whiskey Triple distillation in copper pot stills and years of maturation in top grade oak casks produce the crisp fresh herbal notes of garden mint and bergamot balanced with more robust spicy touches of nutmeg, fig and black pepper corns. The sweet vanilla notes are laid upon a background of charred American oak and the subtle use of ex rosso sherry butts, from Iberian oak, brings some succulent berry fruits to the mix.

Taste: The initial mouth coating, typical of Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, is succulently sweet with vanilla and leads into the warming flavours of the charred oak casks. Hints of black liquorice and cinnamon slowly allow some fruit to appear – melons, green apples and pears. Then, as the richness subsides, there is a crisp flinty acknowledgement of the barley.

Finish: Long and wonderfully complex. An unhurried journey through an impressive flavour spectrum.

Paddy Irish Whiskey €4.60 (Blended Irish Whiskey)

Nose: Soft and light with an intriguing background maltiness.

Taste: Soft and crisp with a distinct nutty malty and charred wood character.

Finish: A sweetness gently fading, mellow maltiness and mild woody notes lingering pleasingly.

Paddy Centenary Release €10.00

Nose: The initial aroma of green apples quickly gives way to the rich spicy notes typical of well-aged Irish Pot Still Whiskey. Soft mellow barley grains are in balance with the more robust touches of tarragon and bergamot as associated with Paddy Irish Whiskey down the years.

Taste: The initial mouth coating has a soft vanilla sweetness, from years of maturation in ex bourbon barrels. Then the orchard fruits appear reflecting the proportion of whiskey mature in ex rosso sherry casks. The evolution continues into the crisp succulence of freshly chopped green bell peppers.

Finish: Long with sweet vanilla top notes balanced with a pepper prickle and fading to expose the delicate barley grains.

Posted on 5 Jul, 2016, in Irish Whiskey, What's happening in Ireland, Whiskey Tours and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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