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Irish Reserve 26-year-old

Overall rating
85.94/100
votes
39
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Oak Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Aldi UK & Ireland
Added on
12 Nov 2017 12:42 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 44,43

4 × in wishlist

39 × member ratings

112 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Irish Reserve 26-year-old

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.94 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2018]  I usually do not buy Irish whisky so this dram is from a sample swap.  Not much stated about the distillery on the label and tube but 26 years ago there were not many Irish distilleries active at all...

    The colour is amber and the texture shows fat tears with slow legs.  The nose offers a typical fruity Irish profile with different exotic and home-grown fruits and some earthy aromas (as if you dig in the garden soil).  It is pretty nice to sniff but not very much complex.  The mouthfeel is warming and a little coating but again very light, no distracting moments whatsoever.  The taste is barley sugary-sweet with lots of different fruits and some bitter wooden flavours that are fine to counter the enormous sweetness.  The finish is of medium length and adds more spices but still the dram stays very sweet.  One for ladies or men with a very sweet tooth.  Water is not needed as it just flattens the dram.

    This is a typical Irish whisky with that trademark fruity profile most of them own and it is easy quaffable, for sure.  But it is a little too simple and thin to be really great, so a dram to enjoy on a warm summer evening without analysis paralysis…

    PS:  I agree with lincolnimp that this is a Bushmills, most probably.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. gdaebass scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    Very smooth, very refreshing, wonderful on the tongue, no bitter aftertaste, truly one of the smoothest whiskies I have ever tasted.

  3. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    A 26 Year old Single Malt from Bushmills Distillery (distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2017) that was produced for Aldi and released in Ireland and the UK only.

  4. whiskyshark123 did not rate this whisky Newbie

    This was so good, so aromatic and very tasty. The best Irish whisky for the price point so the great score.

  5. hmb did not rate this whisky Newbie

    The best Irish whisky for the money!

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    this has been open just over a year now and glad to say the cork is good quality and really tight.
    I think it is even more fruity now and rounded, the air has certainly improved it so giving it an extra point, but its no 100 pointer lets get that one out the way but for quality and value it is really good.

  7. WhiskyLover88 did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Aged Irish whisky is very very rare and most certainly very very expensive. This treasure was certainly one of the best value for money whiskies of all time and as such it should get one of the highest scores of all time.

  8. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I believe this is indeed Bushmills as it has the same profiles as this one from TBWC

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/103468/irish-reserve-26-year-old

    TBWC is better and has more fruit but the similarities are obvious

  10. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It's surprisingly rich and powerful against the age and the ABV. I'm not an irish fan, but 40 pound is a good deal because it's age (only). Go Aldi! :)
    • Nose
      Lot of fruits, mainly peach, mango and grape. Citruses, honey and grass.
    • Taste
      Rich. Elderberry, blueberry, pineapple and gooseberry. Lemon peel. Oak.
    • Finish
      Medium length, bittersweet. Oak, spices and fruits, but thinly.

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