In this tasting pack you are going to enjoy the best hidden gems from Ireland :)
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Originally a family-run tavern in the beautiful town of Bandon, West Cork, the Hyde business has been a long-standing and noteworthy brand in the Irish drinks world for many years – with its roots dating back to the mid-17th Century. After running the famous tavern for more than 320 years and over 12 generations later, the Hyde name still hangs high as “Ireland’s Presidential Whiskey”, with its distillery located in Inis Eonáin, County Cork.
Today, the Hyde brothers (Alan and Conor) are the first generation of the family not to own a tavern, but they continue the family tradition by producing some of Ireland’s finest whiskey. In 2016, Hyde Single Malt Irish Whiskey was named the Best Single Malt Irish Whiskey in the World 2016 and won the top Double-Gold Medal for Outstanding Taste 2016 at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The brand’s Presidential affiliation stems from its homage to former President Douglas Hyde – the country’s first president who was inaugurated on 25th June 1938 and is considered to be the man who, through his political, cultural, and academic pursuits, laid the foundations of Ireland we see today. The brand’s limited-edition Hyde No. 1 ‘President’s Cask’ was made in honour of the former President.
Hyde’s value and quality are bolstered by the coastal conditions of the County Cork region that provide the perfect maturing conditions for the whiskey. Distilled in a traditional copper pot still, the whiskey is double matured - firstly, in flame-charred, first fill, oak bourbon casks, and then in either a vintage Oloroso Sherry cask or dark Caribbean Rum Cask.
Hyde Official Tasting Notes:
Delightful notes of peaches & cream, vanilla, barley malt softness, with citrus, sweet, honey, caramel, chocolate, orange, lemon, banana, & infused with spices.
Wonderfully smooth yet complex, creamy yet fruity with notes of caramel and Manuka honey, apricot, plum, and a silky malt texture.
Rich, Spicy, & Oaky. It lingers in the mouth with a long rich finish.
Walsh Whiskey Distillery’s Writers’ Tears
Part of the mid-2000s revival of Irish Whiskeys, the Walsh family is similarly committed to playing a central role in this revival. The business, run by Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, was established in 1999 as Hot Irishman Private Limited – a business that strived towards making good quality Irish Coffee. Their focus then moved onto producing some of the finest Irish Cream liqueur, under the name Irishman brand name, before finally moving into the whiskey segment in 2007 with the launch of their signature Irishman Whiskey brand.
What is unique about Walsh’s distilling model is that they recreate some of the oldest recipes from the 19th century, which was considered the golden era of Ireland’s whiskey distilling, while introducing new and innovative expressions that complement the palette demands and trends of the modern era. The distillery’s Irishman Whiskey has made significant inroads into the US and European markets given its unique blend of two styles - single malt (70%) and single pot still (30%). This innovative combination made The Irishman the only Irish blended whiskey to contain 100% whiskey distillates from copper pot stills and 0% grain or column still whiskey.
The 19th Century was not just a golden era for Irish Whiskey, but, also one for Irish writers and poets like Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, and W.B. Yeats, to name a few. The brand’s Writers’ Tears whiskey pays homage to both the brilliance and golden age of Irish whiskeys in the 19th century as well as the literary genius of the country’s great novelists, poets, and playwrights.
Flashes of apple with hints of vanilla and honey over a distinctively pot still base.
Gently spiced with a burst of ginger and butterscotch with background notes of toasted oak.
Long Elegant finish with subtle notes of milk chocolate and almonds.
Walsh Whiskey Distillery’s Writers’ Tears Red Head
Much like the original Writer’s Tears Whiskey made by the Walsh Whiskey Distillery, the Red Head expression is yet another example of the mid-2000s revival of Irish Whiskeys – in which the Walsh family has played a central role. Established in 1999 by the entrepreneurial couple, Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, the company started off under the name, Hot Irishman Private Limited – a business that strived towards making good quality Irish Coffee. However, after a few years, the couple shifted their focus towards beverages with a little more buzz to them, which resulted in one of the finest Irish Cream liqueurs, under the company’s Irishman brand name. It was only after this transition that the couple refocused their operations in 2007 on the whiskey making industry, with the launch of their signature Irishman Whiskey brand.
The Walsh’s distilling model sets itself apart from other distilleries in how they indulge in recreating some of the oldest recipes from the 19th century - considered the golden era of Ireland’s whiskey distilling. The Walsh distillery does not just get stuck in the past, however, because it also regularly experiments with introducing new and innovative expressions that complement the tastes and demands of the modern era – Red Head being one of them. The distillery is very successful, despite its relatively humble beginnings, however, its achievements truly do speak for themselves. The Walsh’s have managed to make significant inroads into the US and European markets by combining two unique blends - single malt (70%) and single pot still (30%). This combination sets the Walsh’s Irishman brand even further apart from other whiskeys in that it is the only Irish blended whiskey to contain 100% distillates from copper pot stills and 0% grain or column still whiskey.
The distillery’s signature Writers’ Tears whiskey pays homage to both the brilliance and golden age of Irish whiskeys in the 19th century as well as the literary genius of the country’s great novelists, poets, and playwrights. An expression of the original Writers’ Tears whiskey, Red Head is a triple-distilled single malt that is matured only in a few handpicked Spanish sherry butts that have been seasoned with the finest Oloroso sherry. These butts are what give the expression its iconic ruby tone, which is where its name is derived from.
Official Tasting Notes
Orange peel, dried fruits and sherry plums
Nutty Oloroso, Spicy Raisins and creamy oak
Long and wonderfully complex with a flourish of orange. An unhurried journey.
Perhaps the brand from this month’s issue with the most unique history – particularly with regard to its name – the Tyrconnell’s origin dates back to 1876. Named after Mr. R.M. Delamere’s Chestnut Colt who participated and surprisingly won in the National Produce Stakes horse race of 1876, the horse’s name was adopted by famed local distiller, Mr. A.A. Watt. Inspired by the horse’s unlikely win, the distiller sought to commemorate the occasion by creating a limited-edition whiskey in the name of the local champion – naming it Tyrconnell.
While Watt’s intention was to only make a single batch of the limited-edition whiskey, upon its creation Tyrconnell became the distiller’s most popular brand of whiskey. In fact, it is said that Tyrconnell was the best-selling pre-prohibition Irish Whiskey at the time. While over a century has passed since its inception, today, the brand is maintained by the Kilbeggan Distilling Company, who have been reputed and noteworthy protectors of Irish whiskey-making traditions for many years.
Kilbeggan’s origin dates back to 1757 and is one Ireland’s oldest licensed distilleries. In addition to Tyrconnell, their other whiskey brands include Kilbeggan, Connemara, and Greenore. Tyrconnell’s illustrious past is complemented today by its outstanding position as one of the most recommended brands – accentuated by its performance at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017 in Hawthorne, NY, USA.
The Tyrconnell Official Tasting Notes
roasted nuts, nougat, and mild oak
honeyed and rich
Brings forth the malt component, allowing a keen graininess to move to the forefront.
Tipperary 11-year-old – The Rising
With humble roots that do not necessarily have the historical grandeur like the other brands mentioned, the Tipperary was founded by Jennifer Nickerson, Stuart Nickerson, and Liam Ahearn - a skilled family with complimentary expertise in distilling, financial planning, and farming. This unique blend of expertise is precisely what is needed for a modern distillery to shine and produce world-class Single Malt Irish Whiskey.
While this brand is young in comparison to other notable whiskies, the expertise and experience of its founding trio more than make up for this. Founder Jennifer Nickerson’s roots in the whiskey industry stem from her own father’s lifelong career in the Scotch industry – Jennifer was predominantly raised in Speyside, a famous Scotch whiskey area. Similarly, Stuart Nickerson, Chemical Engineer by profession, has over 35 years of experience in the Scotch industry and is now an acclaimed expert in advising and providing technical insights into Scottish and Irish start-up distilleries.
Liam’s Ahearn’s role is what sets this distillery a part, given that it is his family’s Ballindoney Farm – in existence for over 200 years - whose home-grown raw ingredients are used in the production of Tipperary’s whiskey. Liam has the responsibility of making sure that only the best Irish barley from the land at the Ballindoney Farm are used in the production of Tipperary Boutique’s premium whiskeys. It is this personal touch that is already making Tipperary Boutique whiskey a noteworthy brand.
Tipperary 11 year old – The rising – Official Tasting Notes
Rich and sweet; honey and vanilla with hints of grain and a touch of underlying fruits.
Has a smooth, creamy texture; with vanilla to the fore, chocolate and notes of toasted wood develop and are followed by lightly drying tannins and a peppery spice in the warming finish.
Lingers long and pleasant leaving a hint of almonds married with spices.