A last one from London today. And also the oldest Irish whiskey I've tried!
To be perfectly honest, I'm not a massive fan of Irish whiskey in general. The natural tasting ones are great but often there's an artificial sweetie note that I don't particularly enjoy. This is a great example.
These 1989 Irish single malts have been building a solid reputation, so I was excited to finally try some.
Irish Single Malt 1989 Whisky Agency for TWE 46.8%
Nose: Lovely fruit juice/fruity chewy sweets, tropical mango, mango bubblegum.
Taste: Soft, grows with lovely tropical mango chewy sweets, soft spice and dry oak. Lovely balance. Oily.
Finish: Medium/Long length. A little too much oak, a little tropical fruit.
If you like tropical chewy sweets then you'll love this but it's masking the complexity. Still, second best Irish I've tried so far.
Thanks for reading!
Irish Review #17
Whisky Network Review #558
Irish Average: 67.3
Network Average: 74.5
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 22
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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