Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Irish Whiskeys (IW)
Bottling serie
Irish Single Cask Whiskey
Calculated age
04 years old
1st fill Bourbon + Barbados Rum cask Finish
Number of bottles
59.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L0029L3044 20.11.20
Bottled for
Added on
29 feb 2020 10:24 pm by wbarchive_258409
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 59.40

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41 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Fairy Casks 2016 IW

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.41 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Who would have thought: 4 years old and so far. Heavy peated Irish is not something you have every day, at least these days. Another very good example that the secret giant among Ireland's distilleries, the Great Northern Distillery, should definitely be on the note.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Strong smoke, the composition and intensity of which is reminiscent of a peated scotch - which is no wonder, since the peat used actually comes from Scotland due to the lack of supply in Ireland. Hardly any young notes, no pear, no green branches, instead chocolate, cinnamon and coriander, marjoram, nutmeg, spicy honey.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Powerful start, which immediately comes up with a good portion of peat smoke. Chocolate, cocoa and white coffee, leather, dry wood. Spreads beautifully throughout the mouth, filling every pocket. Has a surprising volume, which you wouldn't expect from a 4 year old.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Definitely medium-long finish. Still the intense peat smoke, plus lots of chocolate and burnt caramel, fruit candies, marzipan.

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  3. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    would have expected more influence on tap
    be careful with water
    would have blindly mistaken him for a springbank
    no painting for me
    • Nose
      Smoke (towards the ash), young malt, slightly gummy, a chemical note, exotic fruit, earthy, dirty, sweetness comes

      with water: more malt, more rubber
    • Taste
      tion, full, strong
      Smoke, oil / gum, becomes sweet, the alcohol tingles a bit

      with water: softer, a dirty note like I know from Springbank
    • Finish
      medium long
      warm, petrol, earthy / mineral, slightly old oak, minimal smoke

      with water: earthy, a note that I cannot name

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. SRB scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Looks older than he is. I couldn't really find all the fruits of the other notes.
    • Nose
      84 84
      First minerally, before the smoke develops and gets stronger and stronger. Cow dung, ashes, leather, nutmeg
    • Taste
      86 86
      Heavy smoke, with a bit of effort other aromas slowly come through ... pepper, black tea, oiled wood, leather
    • Finish
      85 85
      Surprisingly long, very warm and smoky. In between, a slight sharpness of youth.

  6. Svjatogor scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    n: peat, smoke, vanilla, metal plate, iron, earth, sweet, fruit, tea, citrus, black pepper
    t: peat, smoke, sweet
    a:peat, smoke, bonfire, sweet

  7. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet, honey, muesli, caramel, peach, sugar syrup and of course smoke, of the greasy kind!
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strong, smoke, honey, caramel, black pepper, malty, slightly metallic
    • Finish
      85 85
      Warming, black pepper, smoke, malty

  8. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Despite noticeable youth, nice fruit and peat notes. Really good whisky. Surprising in the Irish blind tasting.

  9. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Notes from my blind tasting
    • Nose
      light smoke which is more in the background, slightly sweet and malty, lots of light fruits, slightly spicy, herbs, a little salty, no alcohol to be heard, with warmth the smoke note has a somewhat chemical effect, but then becomes a little more subtle and the fruity notes come up a bit stronger, with water the smoky note is as good as gone and the alcohol comes out somewhat, as does citrus fruits
    • Taste
      lots of light fruits, pepper, some smoke, spicy, malty, very strong, later becoming a bit bitter, here the alcohol can be clearly felt, but not unpleasant, with warmth the malt note is stronger at the beginning and it has a more spicy than fruity effect Water is far less powerful at the start and the malty fruity comes to the fore, appears softer and rounder, also here slightly citrus fruits
    • Finish
      very strong and spicy with again a lot of herbs and light fruits, a bit salty, later becoming a bit bitter here too. The fruit basket stays in the mouth for a long time, the finish does not change noticeably with warmth, with water more citrus fruits and herbal notes appear in the finish. It is also less powerful but still slightly peppery

  10. mothers_finest scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    - BLIND COST -
    • Nose
      86 86
      Aha, a young smoker. Smells fresh, citrus notes, very present (cold) smoke, but a bit metallic.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is convincing. I am an avowed fan of young smokers, because here I get what I need when it should be smoky. You can taste, however, that the malt is not really old. I see the best smokers between the ages of 8-10; this one is probably no more than 5 years old. Very caramel, strong, clean start. I would estimate it to be between 55-58% vol.

      The caramel reminds me of a Glenglassaugh Evolution, which I was allowed to taste as a 5cl bottle. The smoke (although there are also smoky young Glassaugh's) does not allow me to infer the latter.

      In principle, it could be a lot, just smoky, a little metallic, young and big. But as I said, if you feel like smoke, then he delivers.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is then less good again. A slightly bitter note remains.

      I'd guess a big peat at cask strength. Possibly a Christmas Edition. In terms of style, at least it hits the same line.

  11. Ed Radour scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

  12. LDB scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    (Blind tasting) Has some expansion reserve with water.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Burned tires, campfires, wet corrugated cardboard, cowshed
    • Taste
      87 87
      Citrus-centric, but does everything a young smoker should be able to do.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Astringent, but not much else.

  13. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. herby.usa scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Vanilla, yellow tropical fruits, some wood, liquorice aromas

    Taste: creamy, sweet vanilla, spice / peppery, ripe yellow fruit notes; the tannins appear more clearly with water

    Aftertaste: medium with spicy sweet notes

    The young whisky is doing pretty well; certainly also due to the finish in the rum barrel. Price - performance perfect


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