West Cork Bog Oak Charred Cask

Overall rating
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

Average value

€ 31.08

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Whisky reviews for West Cork Bog Oak Charred Cask

18 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 81.00 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      84 84
      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.
    • Taste
      82 82
      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.
    • Finish
      80 80
      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.

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  3. serejja scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      young and malty, grassy, fresh. Significant amount of spices and vanilla. Some bitterness, but not off. Simple but very pleasant
    • Taste
      80 80
      Watery, spicy and quite a lot of oak. Hints of salt. Not much else
    • Finish
      79 79
      Short with oak fading away and only bitterness and spices left

  4. The_Osprey scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    West Cork Glengarriff Series Bog Oak Charred Cask Finish SMIW, 43%.

    30ml sample Sep 2022.

    Mid tone yellow.

    Aroma is musty oak, woodchip, pale biscuits, green apple and a little coconut.

    Body is watery.

    Taste is mostly just biscuity oak and clean but salty spirit, there’s a hint of bubblegum and the finish gets a bit astringent. Very soft and easy on the palate. Salty impressions. Minerally. Very oversalted crackers. Finish is fairly short and bitter.

    Interesting to try this 'bog oak' finished whiskey. Points for being interesting then, but not hugely drinkable. 3.3/79

  5. steff scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

  6. Squinugie scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. Henry Wolf scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    It is very difficult to evaluate combustion products!
    The minimum limit in the assessment!

  8. ZLako scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    West Cork Glengariff Series - Bog Oak charred cask
    Irish Triple Distilled Single Malt Whiskey
    Picked it up for $27.99

    N: Apples, pears, some sour cherry, grass, charred oak, malt, lemon zest, dark fruits from the sherry cask and some lingering honey - extremely complex nose for a sub $30 bottle

    P: A mix of spices, honey, green apples, some berries, pepper, incredibly smooth and silky - great on the palate but expected more after that complex nose

    F: Medium length, spicy, peppery and some sweetness - overall pleasant

    Great drink for the price. I rate it 85/100 - Try it.

  9. thebonewolf scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      72 72
      Malty, light apple.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Very nutty, almond and hazelnut at least, spice comes in later.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Toasty, coffee grounds. Choclate later. Medium-short.

  10. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    An extremely specific whiskey. I didn't like this release. The experiment with fumigating barrels with combustion products turned out to be unsuccessful.
    • Nose
      Plastic, semolina porridge, yeast dough, chemical berries (Yupi).
    • Taste
      Flour, semolina, with a berry note, young tannins and an unpleasant dusty aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Medium duration, repeating the palate, not very pleasant either.

  11. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Blind Testin Review: https://youtu.be/bS9rRDRmG-c
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. face scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  13. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur


    ‘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.

  14. MackenzieOB95 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    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.

  15. bartekc scored this whisky 76 points Newbie

    Very nice Irish, than can be underestimated due to unremarkable palate. Love the nose
    • Nose
      85 85
      Honey and lemon (lemon zest) along with dried fruits. I get a hint of bandages. Overall very nice and fresh
    • Taste
      68 68
      A mix of spices and honey that fades quickly away when the pepper hits your palate.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Medium long, spicy. When you let it linger it becomes sweeter.

  16. fradin11 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  17. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.

    Nose 3/5
    Mouth 2/5
    Final 4/5

    Whiskey # 1850

  18. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      Very fruity, apple, peach, quince, honey, a hint of smoke floating with, some menthol and a hint of oak. Nice.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Fruit, passion fruit, pepper, menthol, a hint of smoke.

  19. regislefrancois scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      fruity, pear and quince
    • Taste
      tonic and fermented cereal. dry
    • Finish
      intense in alcohol


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