When you go through as many whiskies as we do, it’s crucial to seek out what is different to keep things interesting. The same is true for the individual for a big reason: the palate acclimates to whatever you throw at it. Constantly introducing variables is the best way to keep a system guessing. This is an important point for the discerning whiskey drinker. Our selection today of Michael Collins 10 Year Old Single Malt is an Irish whiskey with a welcome change of pace. On to some particulars…
Michael Collins is mix of peated and non-peated single malt barley as opposed to the usual malted/un-malted barley comprising many of the blends in the Irish category today. This double distilled whiskey carries a 10 year old age statement and is aged in first fill bourbon barrels. Intended for the premium Irish category in America, this Cooley Distillery malt averages $40.00 a bottle. One more welcome departure from the norm is that Michael Collins 10 Year is peated, however so lightly. Let’s get to it.
SWC Group Review
Nose- Heavy, aromatic with doughy cereal notes. Dried red apples, coconut. Vanilla with slight smoke. Peppery.
Taste- Balanced and mellow. Sour apple, grain, pepper and cigar. Nice sweetness.
Finish- Some heat, peat picks up nicely. Some oak with a slight soapy note. Explosive and drying. Satisfying.
Comment- Succeeds. Well balanced and good depth. We will be looking to keep this in our cabinets. Recommended.
SWC Rating – 85/100
Average Retail – $40.00
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