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A combination of Irish malt and Irish grain whiskey, this release from McConnell's is aged for five years in ex-bourbon barrels and bottled at 42% ABV. Let's dive in.
Light and sweet on the nose, full of honey, toffee, sweet apple pie and a touch of grain. Inoffensive, pleasant, lightly desserty.
On the palate, the buttery texture is immediately striking, full and soft, full of sweet dessert character and a touch of youth. Pie crust, brown butter, toffee and light apple and grain.
Finish is short but pleasant — certainly not a sin here. The apple and pastry notes continue, flaky and buttery and sweet
McConnell's isn't the most complex Irish whiskey you may stumble across, but it's adequately aged, pleasantly complex and devoid of harsh graininess found in other similar releases. Whether you're a sipper or a shooter, McConnell's delivers just fine.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.