Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Daily Dram (DD)
Bottling serie
The Nectar of the Daily Drams
49.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
31 mar 2017 5:48 pm by JSW

Average value

€ 191.12

8 × in wishlist

21 × member ratings

25 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Irish Single Malt XO Part II

3 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.47 points.

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Totally conventionnal yet oh so pleasurable once again, you can't really go wrong with these if you know what you're likely to get. I love the fact that it's kind of an aromatic hybrid between the typical ~15yo and ~24yo Irish single malts. Would be curious to know the mean age of it. On a side note though, seeing the price, one can wonder if it wouldn't be a better idea to push it 50-100€ further to get a realy >20yo Irish that would be a real exotic fruit bomb.
    • Nose
      (Festival note) Expectable yet always excellent "between the ages" Irish profile, with a huge spontaneity right after pouring. Pears aplenty, rosewater, flowers and bananas.
    • Taste
      Here as well you'll find both kind of notes : the "adolescent" Irish ones with pears and a definite pastry-like maltiness, and the "adult" Irish ones with sweet flowers, orange blossom water, Turkish delights and light exotic fruits (banana mostly here).
    • Finish
      Quite long, both fruity and malty, would be perfect if it had some citrusy element to make it refreshing.

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  3. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2022] Another one of these mysterious XO malts, this time a single Irish. I guess they did not state any age on this dram because it matured sometime out of Ireland, most probably. According to Irish law the maturation time in Ireland counts only, and here is an example: A twenty years old dram which matured twelve years in Scotland (e.g., after a cask swap with a Scottish distillery) needs to be declared as an eight years old Irish whisky - maybe that is why they do not use an age statement accept of the neutral XO (which simply means "eXtra Old")...

    ...and this dram is much older than eight years, certainly. It offers a beautiful nose but both taste and finish are dominated by heavy woods. A perfect nosing whisky for me, but wood heads will adore its taste too for sure.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers a bouquet of fruity aromas of all kinds, simply adorable. Both home-grown and exotic ripe fruits charm my olfactory cells complemented by honeys, waxes and spicy wooden notes. If you prefer fruity drams this nose truly is exceptional, I could sniff this for hours.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is driven by the fruits and the tannins of the wood which fight a fierce battle over dominance. Unfortunately, the tannins win and the dram turns a little bitter upon chewing. This is not unpleasant but it is not harmonious either. Too bad, as the nose was nicely balanced.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives warming and coating on my palate with some minor drying moments (tannins at wok). The finish is long and adds more sweet barley sugars and bitter waxes while the fruits stay until the very end. The wood is quite strong and a little dominant as it was with the taste, but still this is bearable and wood lovers might even enjoy such a powerful setting. Water flattens the nose and tames the bitter tannins somewhat, I like to nose this dram neat and prefer to sip it reduced to about 40% abv.

  4. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, pear, vanilla, almond, custard and exotic fruits!
    On the palate, we find immediately the velvety side, creamy with vanilla (the pod that we rake with the knife!) And the multi fruit side on bananas, poached pears and melon, yes!
    The fruity explosion then mixes with an intense floral side on pastry perfumes of dessert (loukoum!).
    In the final, it's the same, but long, long, intense with a return of glued wood!


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