This whiskey has been made with heavily peated malt, in the same stills as its sister, Slaney. Like the Slaney sample, it has been matured in a vigorous first-fill ex-Bourbon cask, so a comparison between the two provides an opportunity to measure the effects of peating on this malt whisky.
The colour is orange-gold; the nose-feel mild; the unreduced nose of dry peat and fresh cow-pats, developing towards the rich pastoral scents of a milking byre. The cows are banished when water is added, however, and replaced by carbolic soap, coal tar, new rubber and wet leather – robust, old-fashioned bathroom scents, one might say. The flavour is very smooth and very sweet. Smoky in the finish, with some soapiness and lingering carbolic. In a blind tasting you would place it as an Islay, but you would be foxed to say which, because of the big sweetness.
|Category||Single Malt Irish Whiskey|
|Distillery||Suir Peated Malt|
|Bottling Series||Cask 3946|
|Status||UK duty paid|