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Glendalough Double Barrel single grain whiskey

Today I’m going to showcase a whiskey that has been around for a while. I’ve had tasted it a few times at the O’Donovan’s hotel bar and I’ve had mixed opinions about it. At the recent Distilled virtual whiskey festival I had decided to attend the Glendalough distillery masterclass, and then I fell in love with this single grain whiskey. The drams included in the sample kit were small, 1,75 cl (nice size considering the amount of samples in the kit was very generous!). A full bottle of the Glendalough Double Barrel was purchased a few days later.

Glendalough distillery has a nice portfolio of gins, poitìn and whiskey. The pot still whiskey and the older whiskeys are made from sourced whiskeys, but it seems like the grain whiskeys are now made from spirit distilled at the Glendalough distillery.

The Double Barrel is bottled at 42%, matured first in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in Oloroso sherry casks. The age is unknown.

Grain whiskey is not to be underestimated. There is some gorgeous Irish grain whiskey out there and I’m quite excited about tasting grain whiskey these days. I haven’t always been like that but so far, there hasn’t been one single Irish grain whiskey (or blended grain for that matter) that I haven’t enjoyed. This one is no exception and now I’m really interested in trying Glendalough’s Triple Barrel too.

Now let’s enjoy this Double Barrel…

Nose

Vanilla fudge, toffee, toast, hints of citrus, pecorino wine, fresh wood, nutmeg, perhaps a bit of cinnamon.

Palate

Vanilla sweetness, very nice, creamy mouthfeel, despite that it’s quite light but has a darker earthy feel too, actually gorgeous. Subtle hints of chocolate. Light spice at the back of the palate. Sweet finish with some spice..

This whiskey greets with sweet vanilla fudge and honey, then light spice. It has a creamy mouthfeel and is rather light but has a darker earthy feel too. There are subtle hints of chocolate. A sweet spicy finish, not long but very nice.. my palate wants more! This is like drinking high quality fudge… I’m loving it.

This is a lovely whiskey that you can buy for a nice price. Check at your Off Licence!

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