Whiskynotes.be (Ruben) - December 15, 2016
Emerald Isle 26 yo 1989 (59,2%, Speciality Drinks 2016, cask #16244)
Nose: the higher strength makes this one come across much woodier. It also sets off on coconut and vanilla, with some clear references to aged grain whisky or a good bourbon actually. That means it is less emphatically tropical, but warmer and very jammy. Strawberries and cream. Cooked apricots. Cantaloupe. Hints of marshmallow and blackcurrant. Very light herbal notes after a while. Excellent. Mouth: much warmer and more wood-driven at first. Mint and grassy notes, even chervil and herbs. Oak polish. Hints of honey, perhaps maple. Then a big burst of tropical notes: guave, pink grapefruit, mango. The fruity notes are less juicy, more liqueur-like in this case. Different, slightly unexpected. With some water, the passion fruits and limes come out, but the polished oaky side stays strong. Finish: very long, creamy, with warming oak, perhaps a little tobacco and almonds.
This one is more complex, more woody (in a positive way), more of a cross-over too. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were a rum cask like the one from The Nectar. In any case I’ve had more than 20 of these independent undisclosed Irish whiskys now and I can say this is quite unique and interestingly different. Around € 230 (taking advantage of the weak pound). Sold out.