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Irish Whiskey Magazine - Tastings - Clonakilty Single Batch Blend

Clonakilty Single Batch Blend

Double Gold winner at the San Francisco Spirits Competition 2019, this is a blend of 8 year old grain and 10 year old single malt finished in ex-Bourbon casks. Bottled at 43.6%, non-chill filtered and naturally coloured. RRP €51.

Omar Fitzell Notes

Nose:

Light, floral and sweet. Caramel and vanilla steal the nose.

Palate:

Light mouthfeel. I cut the lawn this evening and I’m wondering if it’s that or the whiskey I’m tasting! Sweet apples, pear and toffee all folded into a slight spice package.

Finish:

Medium. Spice continues with a slight nuttiness.

Overall:

While it’s obvious that this has a high percentage of grain, it carries it well. Obviously both the malt and the grain are good stock. Really enjoyed this as an easy drinker and look forward to more from Clonakilty.

 

Al Higgins notes

Nose:

Clean, crisp and delicate. Very grain dominated. Another whiskey in this flight dominated by green, herbaceous aromas. Mint, herb and citrus with a little vanilla.

Palate:

Mouth-watering and soft. Thankfully the palate is less grain dominated and there and interesting things ahead. Flavours of spiced fruits, almonds, vanilla, citrus fruits and honey.

Finish:

Quite short but with pleasing fruity notes.

Overall:

A little too heavy on the grain content for me.

 
Irish Whiskey Magazine - Omar Fitzell

Omar Fitzell

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.

You can find him on:
• Twitter – @thatsdramgood
• Facebook – ThatsDramGood 

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Al Higgins

Al Higgins

Over 20 years of experience in drinks retail and a member of the team at the Celtic Whiskey Shop since 2003. Alastair is chief tester and taster at the shop and is also coordinator for the Irish Whiskey Awards. When he is not working he is either training for ultra-marathons, parenting or drumming with his band Le Galaxie.

You can find him on:
• Twitter – @mostlydrinking

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