Irish Single Malt 2001/2016 (48.3%, Maltbarn, bourbon, 167 bottles)
Colour: straw. Nose: it’s one of the fruitier ones, it seems. A Cuban
breakfast (oh come on), with papayas, pineapples, and guavas. No rum, no
cigars. A quite superb soft spiciness in the background, with some
cinnamon, caraway, and aniseed. The aniseed tends to come to the front,
giving it a slight pastis-y side. Does that mean that this comes from
Pernod-Ricard’s Midleton Distillery? I think not… Mouth: very good,
easy, sweet, slightly honeyed, with more tropical fruits and a faint
sour side that goes well here. Cider apples? Finish: medium, grassier.
Apple peel, banana skin… Some white pepper in the aftertaste. Comments:
an excellent middle-aged Irish. Perhaps not as wham-bam as the ones from
the late 1980s or early 1990s, but we’re getting there. SGP:651 - 85 points.