WOTW – Glendalough 7-year-old single malt

Glendalough distillery in Wicklow was set up in 2011, and at the beginning they only made poitín – gin and whiskey came later. They have a very interesting line of poitíns, and botanical gins. This is a small distillery, they only have one still that they use for all distillations.

The distillery plans to produce single malts and single grain whiskeys – no blends. I just read though that they have made a pot still whiskey that is currently maturing. Very good news of course, if you’ve read my previous posts you know that I’m a lover of pot still whiskey!

Their first releases are made from sourced whiskey while waiting for their own whiskey to be mature, and they finish the whiskey in their own barrels. There is this 7-year-old single malt, a 13-year-old single malt a 13-year-old single malt finished in Japanese oak barrels, and the double barrel finished single grain. A newer addition is a triple cask matured single grain, finished in Madeira casks. It seems like all these come from Cooley stock, and as with all new distilleries, I’m really looking forward to the first release of their own produce!

I bought this whiskey in August 2017, during a trip in Ireland, and it sure is a very nice and tasty dram if you like lots of flavour and sweet stuff. It’s matured in ex-bourbon casks, and bottled at 46%.

Something oily, light mint, citrus, light pepper, honey, oak. A feel of new paint or wallpaper glue. With a few drops of water: more citrus and oak.

Peppery entrance. Very sweet, lots of honey, it also gives me a feeling of honey like texture. Burnt sugar, malt, something fruity, oak. Long peppery and very sweet finish.

I like that this whiskey has so much flavour, especially being so young, and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a really tasty Irish whiskey, but there’s a bit too much sweetness for my own personal taste. That being said, I definitely want to taste the 13-year-old and compare it to this one.

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