||tasting notes taken from: jim murray's whisky bible 2013
the irishman rare cask strength bott 2011 (94.5)
n23 flecks of honey intermingle perfectly with the lightest blush of greengage. a touch of bourbon liquorice is sweetened by a hint of molasses; a piquancy is added by a sprinkle of salt; seemingly light yet weighty...; t24 excellent body with the soft barley circling around the more rigid middle. this profound gentle-firm balance is the main feature, but those salty sugars also dazzle. egg custard tart middle makes for a friendlier environment; light honey is threaded throughout; f23.5 more vanilla and custard, but now some excellent light spices, too; b24 the back labels of hot irishman whiskeys are always entertaining, not least for their uniqueness of the english language. this blend of malt whiskey and pure irish pot still, is a mildly more lifting, more lightly coloured, version of writers tears. and, just like the first bottle, a must have stunner.