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Monday 19 May 2014

The Irishman Whiskeys

Two new premium Irishman whiskies from Emporia

According to the press release, Emporia Brands is introducing ‘The Irishman’ a range of triple-distilled premium Irish Whiskeys which are new in the UK. They include:

- the only blended Irish Whiskey made entirely in copper pot stills, a triple distilled Irish Single Malt
- a 12 year old Single Malt
- a limited edition Cask Strength 54% Abv described as “quite exceptional” by Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible.

I was sent two to try.

Single Malt - golden sandy with aromas of peaty iodine, cooked fruit and spice.

Freshness, cooked mixed fruit, sweet vanilla and something medicinal - so far, so expressive and flavoursome. For me, the finish is a little disappointing; rather fiery with some alcoholic bitterness.

However, it seems I don't agree with the judges as it has won Double Gold at the World Spirits competition.

Founder's Reserve - golden sandy with sweet cooked fruit.

Freshness, sweet oaky vanilla, cooked mixed fruit and long, persistent savouriness; a touch of white pepper. Firm and very persistent finish.

Well-balanced and harmonious. Good.

The Irishman range of premium Whiskeys is available in 70cl bottles retailing from £25 - £150 from www.thedrinkshop.com and Hedonism www.Hedonism.co.uk; provided for review.

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The Irishman - website
Emporia Brands - website

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