6 Year Old Irish single grain whiskey from the Hibernia Distillers Hyde range. This particular expression, No.5 Áras Cask, was finished in casks which previoulsy held Burgundy wine, imparting a distinct sweetness to the whiskey.
Nose: Spiced with notes of Red berry fruit, Vanilla and toasted oak
Palate: A creamy nutty palate entry with notes of sweet custard, apple peel red berries and orange blossom honey. Pinewood – in fact , there’s some very interesting oak influences.
Finish: A nice long satisfying finish of plum, jam and spice ending with a silky combination of oak and barley. With the drying spiciness of the burgundy cask playing its role. Drying, with a wisp of smoke.
Wonderful to nose – the aromas are complex and appealing. It’s light in body; typically grainy – perhaps even typically Irish? – with the cask finish obviously imparting some interest around the edges.