Hyde No.10 Single Cask Banyuls Finish
Hyde NO.10 Single Cask is a single cask Single Malt Irish whiskey finished in a 225L Banyuls Grand Cru (a French dessert wine using red grapes from Côte Vermeille in the Pyrénées-Orientales region) cask. Only 60 bottles were released to the Irish market. Non-chill filtered, bottled at 43% ABV and retailing at €59.
Omar Fitzell Notes
Pleasant, sweet and delicate. Pastry notes of Cinnamon rolls and sweet Carmel slices. Some orchard fruits and green grapes.
Slight but with a silky mouth coating. A mixture of caramel sweetness and a lemon citrus which you would expect are at odds but actually work well. A dried fruit note increases the sweetness but not overly so.
A burst of spice makes for a medium finish. White pepper and nutmeg notes to the end.
A surprisingly good whiskey from Hyde. Some can be hit or miss but this is a relatively well balanced whiskey whose wine finish does not overpower the distillate too much.
Al Higgins notes
Warm and spicy with aromas of baked fruits, toffee apples, raisins, flambeed bananas, melted butter, vanilla and apple strudel.
Warming, rounded and medium bodied. Some interesting and quite unique flavours of baked apples and pears, cinnamon, milk chocolate, custard tarts, Danish pastries and vanilla.
Good length with a nice mix of stewed fruit and warm spice flavours.
Really interesting with a unique mix of flavours. Good to see that the Banyuls cask finish worked.
Omar has been lurking in the background of the Irish Whiskey Industry since 2010 when he started his journey through tasting, enjoying and collecting whiskey. In January 2018 he launched the online blog “That’s Dram Good” which, in those few short months, has become one of the most popular whiskey blogs in Ireland.
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