The five whiskies were all pretty good but one stood out as far and away the best. The whiskies were ranked by the taster, as listed below with #5 the least favored and #1 the most favored. Also, each whiskey below has a few comments from the tasters.
5th Place – Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix – 55% ABV
Very light, Sweet nose, Little taste, Buttery, lacks complexity, Strong finish.
4th Place – Connemara Cask Strength (This is a peated Irish whiskey) – 58% ABV
Great peat/smoke taste, Overpowering, Light floral notes, medium finish.
3rd Place – The Quit Man 8 Years Old – 40% ABV
Sweet nose, Taste of honey, Nothing to write home about, Slightly smoky, hits the palate like a dry white wine, Fruity notes. Short finish.
2nd Place – Pogues (The official whiskey of the Celtic punk band) – 40% ABV
Light and warm, Light floral notes, Chocolate, Smooth citrusy finish.
1st Place – Powers John’s Lane 12 Year Old – 46% ABV
Spicy, Full body, Floral taste on the front with spices on the back, Creamy caramel, Lots of flavor, Beautiful smooth finish.
This was a good tasting. Ireland puts out some fantastic expressions that are worth exploring. The evening ended the way evenings should end, with cigars around the fire pit.