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Irish Whiskey Magazine - Tastings - Retronaut


The first release out of Blackwater Distillery. A sourced 17 year old double distilled single malt. 100% ex-bourbon aged and bottled at 46% ABV. The first bottling was released to celebrate work commencing on the building of their new whisky distillery in Ballyduff,  Co Waterford. Limited to just 1160 bottles.
RRP €125.

Greg Dillon Notes


Really sweet, lots of sweet honeydew melon and oak notes. Vanilla dominates after time and some tobacco notes and lemon sherbet present too.


Thick, creamy, fruity and potent in flavour – quite spicy and feels a bit unbalanced as there is quite a strong spirity note here.



A really dry and fiery finish, again leading me to think it is not as well integrated as it could be.



Nice if you like strong, spicy, face-slapping whiskies, but for me it was too spirity to be too highly regarded, could do with a bit of a rebalance.


Michael Foggarty Notes


Sweet toffee, Werthers Orginals.



Great maltiness and the usual traits of bourbon maturation, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak. You are sucking on your Werthers Original now. A solid dram without any drama.



Sweet and the toffee lingers on.


It’s a great whiskey, nothing too fussy, but that’s what it is meant to be. I wish Peter had finished it in a herring cask and gave us wafts of sea breeze. Maybe with his next Retronaut he could jump in his butter churn time machine and mature the casks in the Atlantic Ocean to impart a salty character. 

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Tastings - Greg Dillon

Greg Dillon

Greg is a brand consultant in the whiskey industry helping to create, build and fix brands. He also authors the award-winning greatdrams.com website, he also has a book on whiskey coming out in the Autumn.

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Irish Whiskey Magazine - Tastings - Michael Foggarty

Micheal Foggarty

Michael is co-owner of L Mulligan Whiskey Shop and L Mulligan Grocer. He has over 20 years involvement in the whiskey industry. He founded the Irish Whiskey Society in 2009 and in 2014 became the first person in Ireland to be awarded World Whisky Ambassador of the Year at the World Whisky Awards.

You can find him on:
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