- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Glengarriff Series
- Bog Oak Charred Cask
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Limited Release
- Added on
- 03 Sep 2017 4:48 pm by maltaholic
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Whisky Reviews for West Cork Bog Oak Charred Cask
11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.06 points
- Youtube Blind Testin Review: https://youtu.be/bS9rRDRmG-c
- Quite short, dry and with the orange peel off the tongue. Spice and sharpness also in the finish, but now resulting from a pinch of pepper and nutmeg.
Starts with a nice mix of yellow apples, lemon water and apricots. A spice of pepper, freshly grated nutmeg and marjoram hangs over it. The apple notes become mealy over time. Now it seems less fresh and transports a note of preserved fruit to the nose. Malt, toffee, caramel form a beautiful background.
Dry start with roasted orange peel, slivered almonds and crushed hazelnuts. Vanilla and honey, caramel. Has a certain sharpness on the tongue that does not come from spices.
Quite short, dry and with the orange peel off the tongue. Spice and sharpness also in the finish, but now resulting from a pinch of pepper and nutmeg.
- Very strange: both a fresh side, zesty, with lime but tempered by sherry, almost filed, even losing interest. A complex finish that combines the herbaceous side of the distillate with the spices of the barrel.
Whiskey # 1850
- An extremely specific whiskey. I didn't like this release. The experiment with fumigating barrels with combustion products turned out to be unsuccessful.
Plastic, semolina porridge, yeast dough, chemical berries (Yupi).
Flour, semolina, with a berry note, young tannins and an unpleasant dusty aftertaste.
Medium duration, repeating the palate, not very pleasant either.
‘This triple distilled, Single Malt Irish Whiskey is matured in sherry casks and then finished in bog oak charred casks for a further 4-6 months. The bog oak is harvested from the local boglands of Glengarriff’.
Serge: ‘Bog oak seems to be some kind of very old oak that’s in the process of getting fossilized. We have some in France too, they’re usually to be found in swamps or peat-bogs and are used to make knife handles or pipes. Bog oak (morta in French) is usually extremely hard’.
This was aged around 3 years in sherry with 6 months in bog oak.
N: Devised by “two fishermen and a food scientist,….”, says Stephen before pausing,… enough time for the Foz and I – coined ‘Statler & Waldorf’ on the night – to finish that sentence simultaneously with “walk into a bar”. I certainly find this rather ‘winey’ – oloroso? plasticy=puttyish Bladnoch-esque? thing. Foz’s glass smells more boggy, complex,…. all rather intriguing.
T: The more unusual winey murky flavours are centred around more sour lemon Garibaldi biscuit notes and sour musty grapey sherry notes, but nothing as blatant as you’ll often find from many an oloroso-finished Scottish single malt. It’s a very curious all-savoury bone-dryish sherried thing indeed, though I do find the grain base intact albeit with a slightly grimy/greasy mouthfeel.
F: With a more orthodox savoury mash-like move on the turn, it finishes a little weird on herbaceous clay?, spinach?, ginger certainly. That gacky milky mouthfeel at the tail isn’t ideal either.
C: Six months is probably quite h in bog oak. Certainly interesting yet slightly meh,.. academic? If it had come from Abhainn Dearg, there’s a chance I’d be even more inclined to fight for its cause.
- Nose: Charred oak as expected. Malt. Apple. Some chocolate hints. Very faint sour cherry.
Palate: Malt stronger here. Fruity as well but more so the way canned fruit tastes rather than fresh, still nice though. Dark chocolate. Toffee peaking through.
Finish: Medium. Toffee lingering here despite being somewhat shy on the palate, not strange from a rich flavor.
Overall Score: 82. Exceeded expectations. I loved the West Cork Glengarriff Series - Peat Charred Cask. I was nervous that this would fall short and be far too woody and bland. The flavors mix well and the finish is pleasant. The nose is the weakest part and even it has a decent complexity.
- Very nice Irish, than can be underestimated due to unremarkable palate. Love the nose
Honey and lemon (lemon zest) along with dried fruits. I get a hint of bandages. Overall very nice and fresh
A mix of spices and honey that fades quickly away when the pepper hits your palate.
Medium long, spicy. When you let it linger it becomes sweeter.
- The nose is incredibly fruity and also very nice, the rest decreases significantly and you are in lower Maltketagorien again, close to a blend. The smoke is more noticeable in the form of a menthol note.
Very fruity, apple, peach, quince, honey, a hint of smoke floating with, some menthol and a hint of oak. Nice.
Very mild, very soft, but surprisingly closed. Rather tart, spicy, a hint of fruit, some pepper, some plastic, could also be smoke. Not so nice.
Fruit, passion fruit, pepper, menthol, a hint of smoke.