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The Whistler, Oloroso sherry cask

An extremely cold and dull day for being June, an hour to kill before taking the bus home from Cork city. What is there to do? Tasting whiskey at Shelbourne bar, of course!

This is one I tasted at Whiskey Live last year. I wasn’t super impressed then, but was curious to taste it again since my taste in whiskey changes quite a lot over time, or at least it has during the past year.

The Whistler is the brand of the Boann Distillery, located in the Boyne Valley, known for several interesting historical places, like Newgrange and the Hill of Tara. Boann distillery plan to make whiskey and gin – the distillery is built (according to the brilliant list here) but I have no certain information about whether or not they have started distilling yet. They do have some interesting cask ownership or tasting programmes.

Their brand The Whistler is released with a 7-year-old single malt, a 10-year-old single malt, and a 7-year-old at cask strength. The whiskey with oloroso sherry cask finish doesn’t seem to be in their standard range but it is available to buy at the Celtic whiskey shop. It’s a blend from malt and grain whiskey and has spent 9 months in a Solera oloroso sherry butt.

The Whistler Oloroso cask

Nose

Interesting aromas with some varnished oak, honey sweetness, tropical mixed with dried fruits. A hint of hazelnut and a leathery feel.

Palate

A bit lighter on the palate than expected. However, very nice flavours. Raisins, dried apricot, a hint of orange with a light spice. Medium finish with spice, nuts and dried fruit.

This is a very enjoyable whiskey, but I think I would have preferred a slightly higher ABV. I still could definitely consider buying a bottle of this.

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