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A blend of Irish grain whiskey, Irish malt whiskey and American rye whiskey, this is Keeper's Heart, a truly new concept. This is the first release of its kind I'm trying. Let's see how it shakes out.
Young, full of apples, pears, a touch of esters, honey and faint mustiness. Getting mostly Irish grain on the nose. Rye spice seems to be off taking a hike.
Sweet on the palate, grain-forward with a sharp ethanol note, clover honey, light caramel and toffee. Some apples and pears. Light oak, little tannin structure. Grainy and young.
Short finish. It's quick and clean, making its way off pretty quickly. The ethanol dissipates here, leaving apples, pears, some bitter melon and a touch of must.
An interesting project, this release feels like it could use more age, oak, proof or all three. It's not bad but hopefully the start of a longer, more age-driven series of releases.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.