So we close this week’s Irish whiskey reviews with a weird one, and I say that with much love and affection. Greenore 8 Year Old Single Grain Whiskey is from Cooley Distillery and will demand about $35-40 from your pocket. Why do I say this one was a bit weird? Allow me to explain…
The grain ingredient is 100% corn, while most other Irish whiskies are blends made up of malted and un-malted barley with a touch of grain neutral spirits for good measure. Of course, we also see single malts as well. Corn is known as a good flavor additive in mash bills, but never alone, at least in most whiskies. This recipe is aged in already filled bourbon barrels, so one doesn’t expect a huge oak influence either.
Low expectations were forefront in our minds, but we were also ready to be convinced otherwise. So, how did it pan out? Read on…
SWC Group Review
Nose– Buttery, corn sweetness. Light and gentle. Floral and candied toffee.
Palate– Sweet and almost syrupy. Dessert drink. Honey and toffee. Creamy.
Finish– Candy corn and vanilla bean. Medium and steady.
Comment– This is Irish? Pleasantly surprised for a simple grain whiskey and only 8 years old. Plenty of sweetness to go around, very nice stuff.
SWC Rating – 83/100
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