My First-Ever Irish Whiskey-Tasting [Whiskey Wednesday]
This past Sunday, I held an Irish Whiskey-tasting – my first-ever. Along with 15+ other people, we were able to sample 7 different Irish whiskies. While I have had Jameson and Bushmills, I really did not have much of a familiarity with Irish whiskies.
We started off with Irish Manor Legendary Irish Whiskey, which was a little harsh, and Wolfhound, which I found to be somewhat similar, although slightly less harsh.
We then moved on to more familiar Irish whiskies, Jameson, which was smoother (perhaps because it is a blended) than the first two, and Bushmills, which, although slightly smoother, perhaps, than the Jameson, it also had a noticeably more of a taste of barley to it.
We then moved on to Green Spot, about which I had heard a couple of people recommending to me beforehand, which I found to be more mellow than anything preceding it.
We then had the most remarkable whiskey of the evening, The Knot. I found it to be a very exciting whiskey, even if I did not enjoy it. As one person mentioned, it is “flavorful and really weird”, with a taste, as someone else remarked, like Jelly Belly buttered popcorn. And, finally, it tasted sweeter than the preceding whiskies.
The final whiskey of the evening, The Wild Geese Irish Soldiers & Heroes, was greatly enjoyable. I found it to be pretty smooth and very pleasant to drink. It was also a touch smokey, which was distinct from the other Irish whiskies enjoyed that evening.
In all, I definitely got to gain a better familiarity with Irish whiskies. And, as I had thought, Jameson was better than some, while others were better than it. I had had Green Spot recommended to me by two separate people and it was definitely enjoyable 🙂