This is unfortunately not the ultimate high flyer as we know some of the old indie Irish malts to be. The nose is perfectly fine, fruity, bubblegummy, nutty and rich and it's still a very good whisky, but the slightly sharp alcoholic note on the palate prevents me from rating this >90/100. You really have to tame it with water, but too much and it becomes flat and woody, so this is a bit of a diva for the experienced drinker. Pleasurable and clean yes, but not an absolute winner.
Immaculate, clean, crisp and immensely fruity, with passion fruit, unripe mango, lemon meringue and vanilla. The typical Irish grassiness prevents this from being too cloyingly sweet and everything is perfectly balanced.
Even fruitier, but also creamier and more elegant. The fruits are now riper than before, vanilla custard, cinnamon dusted mango slices, papaya, a bit of gingery wood spice as well as the aforementioned grassiness.
Phenomenal nose (as usual with these bottlings), but how does it deliver on the palate?
Not quite as good. Yes, the fruits are there and the Irish roots are unmistakeable; but there also is an alcoholic sharpness that I didn't find in other bottlings of well-aged Irish malts (like from Adelphi, TWA or Rolf Kaspar), probably from a slightly underperforming cask. There are mangos, apples, passion fruits, chewy cigarette tobacco, but there also is quite a strong wood spice note which develops into a rather flattish finish.
The oak is now better balanced with the fruity flavour profile, but still the alcoholic note persists. It's still good whisky and you may enjoy this rich exotic mango flavour nowhere to be found with Scotch whisky, but somehow you are left a bit disappointed, especially after the fantastic nose.
Medium, fruity at first, but coming back slightly sappy and bitter. Better than on the palate but still not on par with the nose.