Lough Ree – Bart’s
A sourced Irish whiskey which is a continuous release from Lough Ree Distillery. Bart’s is a complex blend of grain, pot still and peated malt with malt whiskeys finished in Rye and Oloroso casks. Non-chill filtered and natural colour, it has been bottled at 46% ABV. Available at RRP €46.
Omar Fitzell Notes
Sweet and fruity. Toffee and coffee come to mind immediately. Orchard fruits, poached pear and some mango.
Silky mouthfeel that starts with a malty biscuit note. Toast…..natural butter covered toast. Weird, I know. Green apples again along with that pear note.
Medium to long. Cinnamon and black pepper spice becomes pronounced towards the end.
First impression wasn’t great so I left it for ten minutes and returned. It’s absolutely a whiskey that gets better when you give it some time in the glass. Few small sips to get things going. The blend, while you’d expect it to be confused, works well.
Al Higgins notes
An enticing mix of custard tarts, fresh pastries, toasted almonds, baked apples, poached pears and some faint peat smoke.
Youthful but satisfyingly complex. Lots of orchard fruits, stewed apples, vanilla, custard slices, agave syrup, honey, lightly toasted oak and some faint peat smoke.
Crispy smoked bacon, agave, baked apples and vanilla custard.
Forget the word ‘blend’, this has way more complexity and depth than many single malts. Also, don’t be scared off by the smoke references. The background touches just add a very welcome edge of warmth and luxury. Well-crafted and lots of fun.
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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