My 2nd Irish whiskey – Bushmills 10yr Single Malt

bushmills-malt-10-yearBushmills 10yr Single Malt is excellent.

The Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey at the 2007 World Whiskies Awards. Bushmills are always scored highly in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, with the 10 year old being awarded 92.5 points in 2013!  (grading on a curve?)

The Master of Malt says….. the Nose is banana skins, the Palate is medium very fruity chocolate pudding, the Finish is floral tannic, and the Overall is just like nectarine chunks in low fat yoghurt!

  • Good grief!  Who writes like that?  Is the Master of Malt drunk when he writes this stuff?  Did he stick various fruits up his nose until he arrived at banana and said Yes, that’s it!

The Whisky Exchange says…  “The benchmark Irish single malt, this has a far greater depth of flavour than standard Irish blends.”  So far, after just two Irish whiskey purchases, I would agree.

When I was looking for a new Irish whiskey at the NBLC store on York St., Fredericton, what caught my eye was the label that said… “Matured in bourbon and oloroso sherry casks for a minimum of 10 years.”  As a fan of single malt Scotch aged in sherry casks, I had to give Bushmills 10yr Single Malt a try.  No regrets.

Price at NBLCC = $39.99 CDN.

 

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Matt Ginella’s Journey to Ireland

On August 12th this year I was sitting in the Oakfield clubhouse, while Graham was out on the course, and saw the Golf Channel broadcast an interview with Matt Ginella about his recent trip to southwest Ireland.  Ginella is a travel writer for the Golf Channel, Golf Digest and Golf World.  Sounds like a tough gig!

The interview segment was about his “Top 5” courses in SW Ireland.  All 5 courses are on our Itinerary.

The “Top 5” in order from 1 to 5, in his opinion, are:  Waterville, Lahinch, Ballybunion Old, Tralee, and Old Head.

The remarkable thing about Matt Ginella’s trip was that he played the exact same six courses that we are going to play (barring any changes), in the same order!

Here is the video of Matt’s trip to Ireland.  If this doesn’t get you pumped for the trip, well……

About that Golf Channel broadcast, click here.

My 1st Irish whiskey – Kilbeggan

Purchased my first ever Irish whiskey.  I figured why not try a few before the trip to see if there is a personal preference.

Kilbeggan1“Kilbeggan is a traditional Irish whiskey, double distilled, the old way, to preserver more flavour whilst retaining the classic Irish smoothness.  The Kilbeggan distillery was founded in 1757 and is Ireland’s oldest continually licensed distillery – and to this day still has its own working waterwheel.”

As advertised Kilbeggan is smooth but it does not have a lot of flavour like so many single malt Scotch whiskeys.  Is this what all of the Irish whiskey’s are going to like?  I’ll find out over the coming year.  This review recommends sticking to Jameson for Irish whiskey.

Price at NBLCC = $37.99