Without a doubt a Great Northern Distillery product, as can be seen from the back label on the bottle: Distilled, matured by Great Northern Distillery, Co. Louth, and bottled for Limerick Spirits Company Ltd. If you are only used to single pot still Irish whiskey from Midleton, this one will initially seem very special, because it is much more demanding and yes, also much less fruity. In return, it scores with a great single pot still flavor, which the stout cask should only emphasize all the more. A little time in the glass at the beginning does him a lot of good!
Sometimes coincidence helps: briefly interrupted during nosing, the dram was left to its own devices for a while. I have no idea what he did during that time, but at least he added a few ounces to the quality that was already there. Hand-warm Werther's Echte, gingerbread, toffee, dark chocolate, aromatic honey. A certain maltiness that could come from the finish in the stout cask.
Hearty and dry start with gooseberry, kiwi, green apple, thyme and rosemary. Right from the start with a nice peppery spiciness, which he distributes evenly on the tongue and even into the furthest corners of the mouth. Strawberry jam, dry wood, dry fall leaves. Malt, nougat, marzipan - and the peppery note, interspersed with thyme and tarragon, still persists.
Only slowly fades away, it is dry and peppery and lets kiwi, green apples and gooseberries flash again before it fades away caramelly and malty.