Excerpt: Sure it could use a bit more time for some added maturity, but as it sits now it’s enjoyable and has a nice, natural-tasting, sweetness that carries it from sniff to finish. I’ll enjoy sipping and mixing through this Clonakilty Double Oak Irish Whiskey.
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A blend of cask finishes, this Double Oak finish pairs initial aging in ex-bourbon casks with a combination of aging in virgin America oak and re-charred and toasted wine casks. Bottled at 43.6% ABV, it's great to see a bump over the fairly characteristic minimum among Irish distillers. A portion of the sales supports the Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Let's dive in.
Bold and sweet, rich and packed with honey, toffee and a light hint of cocoa and coffee.
Sweet on the palate. Moderate mouthfeel with honey, almonds, a pinch of pepper, light oak and toffee. Butterscotch, some Werther’s caramel candies.
Moderate to long finish, pleasant and sweet oak, toffee, honey, caramel and more almond.
Overall, this release is really interesting. The double-oaked character adds a lot of complexity that isn’t usually found in Irish releases of this age, and it just works. This whiskey is lovely and easy to drink.
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