Laura’s Whisky Notes 2017 Tasting #1
Jack Ryan 12 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whisky
Since next month is St Patrick’s Day I thought I would drink the Jack Ryan three different ways to get to know it a lot better. It is not very often I get to enjoy an Irish whisky so I thought why not start off with a very unique bottling known as the Jack Ryan. The spirit is produced at Cooley distillery and then several casks are selected by the Ryan Family, who have run the well know Dublin Pub, The Beggars Bush for over a hundred years now. For more on the story CLICK HERE.
Nose: Sweet oaky vanilla, orchard fruits, lemon citrus. Passionfruit and orange peel with a touch of ginger and cinnamon.
Taste: The texture of this whisky is divinely silky smooth. Honey sweetness, pineapple, oranges, lemon citrus, ginger snap biscuits, honey sweetness, oak and spice.
Finish: Long, warm-hearted, lingering, malty with oak and spicy finish.
Nose: A lot softer but more pronounced. Huge vanilla notes with lovely orange and lemon oils coming through at the back. The spices softened to more of a spiced tea aroma.
Taste: To me it becomes oilier with the addition of water. Ginger is now in the foreground with sweet splashes of orange & lemon Crème Brule poking it’s way through. Amazing.
Finish: Vanilla is still the star in this whiskey with honey and lemons lingering on the palate.
Nose: Spices are jumping out the glass at me. A mixture of orange oil, cloves and cinnamon. Granted it is taking a little while for the aromas to pop up…but it is worth the minute wait.
Palate: Very viscous! I can see the how oily it has become just by looking at the whiskey. The taste is extreme lemon meringue pie with gingery notes. Lots of malt and vanilla surrounding it.
As the ice melts, more and more aromas appear becoming more citrus and honey fudge.
Finish: Delicious! Having it a little cooler gives almost a sherbet feel on the tongue and the citrus and malt are sure sticking around along with a touch of spice.
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