Here is Craig’s whisky experience from last week…..
Hyde No.3 The Áras Cask Irish Whiskey
The Hyde family have a long tradition of being involved in the drink business in Ireland. They were well known Tavern owners at ‘Tinker’s Cross’ outside Bandon in West Cork from 1640 to 1962. Here the Hyde’s would sell Irish whiskey and draught Irish stout straight from wooden casks that they would tap by hand with a wooden mallet and a brass tap. The drink business runs in the Hyde family tree for over 12 generations. At one stage in 1916 their grandfather, granduncle, and grandaunt all owned an Irish pub in Bandon, West Cork. Today, Alan & Conor Hyde are the first generation not to own a pub in West Cork, Ireland, but the Hyde’s are still selling some of Ireland’s finest whiskey.
The spirit is distilled at the Cooley distillery in a traditional ‘Coffey Still’ from pure corn and barley grain. It is bottled with no chill filtration and at 46% abv.
The Hyde single grain is matured for 6 years in flame-charred first fill 250L Jack Daniels ex-bourbon barrels from Kentucky in the United States of America.
When explaining a single grain whisky this would refer to any whisky made from grains other than malted barley, for example whisky made using maize (corn), wheat or rye. Whisky made from only malted barley or primarily from malted barley is typically called malt whisky rather than grain whisky.
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Nose: Think Tunnock’s caramel wafer biscuits, hints of blue heaven milk shake. Baked vanilla cheesecake sprinkled with nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Pleasantly spicy.
Taste: There’s that clove, warming and delicious. The subtle sweetness of the caramel and now the milk chocolate coats the mouth delivering creamy vanillas and a little pepper.
Finish: A long finish, it all come together here, more pepper and vanilla, the mouth is coated with charred oak complimented by a touch of sweetness and fresh barley.
Nose: More vanilla, think vanilla slice with creme anglaise and light caramel topping. The bourbon notes are more evident now as are the spices. This nose says drink me now.
Taste: The milk chocolate has sort of gone but there’s still a creaminess to this whisky. The vanilla is more subtle too but there’s now charred oak and the pepper is more suited to my palate.
Finish: It’s still a long finish and the whisky is still oily with pepper and vanilla. There less oak in the finish than before.
Nose: OMG! This nose is exploding. Cinnamon and clove more nutmeg which actually disappeared with the water. Smells sweeter, more like a hot and melted Tunnock’s caramel wafer.
Palate: The consistency is thicker and the milk chocolate leaps around the palate. It’s a vanilla, milk chocolate and peppery milk shake.
Finish: Fresh and thirst quenching, pepper is huge at the finish.
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