The Irishman

The Irishman is the Walsh family’s original whiskey. In keeping with Bernard and Rosemary’s desire to play a significant part in the revival of Irish whiskey, The Irishman represents the rebirth of the 19th Century tradition of family owned provincial whiskey distilling that thrived during the last golden age of Irish Whiskey at the end of the 1800s. In a hands-on, hand-crafted approach Bernard Walsh and his family produce whiskey in the same way as the 19th Century distilling families.

THE IRISHMAN FOUNDER’S RESERVE

The Founder’s Reserve is a unique take on the old Irish Pot Still Whiskey and is the original and signature blend created by founder Bernard Walsh. It is a blend of two styles, Single Malt and Single Pot Still. The proportions used are 70% Single Malt and 30% Single Pot Still. This is unusual in itself, as it is the only Irish blended whiskey to contain 100% whiskey distillates from the copper pot still and 0% Grain or Column still whiskey. This results in a much more flavoursome whiskey. The Founder’s Reserve is triple distilled and matured in Bourbon Casks. A Gold Medal Winner at The International Spirits Challenge in London, one of the highest rated Irish Whiskey’s in Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible with 93 points – “Quite a Wonderful Blend” and most recently awarded Gold at “The Whiskey Masters” as overall winner in “The Irish Whiskey Category”

Tasting notes

Nose
A Zesty Spice, with hints of caramel, black pepper, cinnamon, and peaches. A slight hint of vanilla too, with a suggestive savor of Green Apple.

Palate
Pot Still Spice, malt, dark chocolate, bourbon oak, and crème caramel

Finish
Everlasting finish with oak and butterscotch. Lingers for what seems like an eternity!

ABV

40%

Volume

700mL

THE IRISHMAN SINGLE MALT

This Irishman Single Malt is one of only a handful of Irish triple distilled single malts on the market. This is a classic Irish Malt, triple distilled and aged in Oak Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks to give exceptional flavour and complexity. Each batch is limited to a maximum of 6,000 bottles. The Irishman Single Malt boasts an impressive medal haul both in Europe and the USA for its outstanding quality. None more so than a Double Gold Medal “The World Spirits Competition” in San Francisco and its Gold Medal in ISW Germany. Each bottle carries a batch number and signature as a mark of the highest quality.

Tasting notes

Nose
Ripe and fruity with luscious peach, dried apricot, and tropical fruits. Hints of orange blossom and vanilla fudge.

Palate
Vanilla sweetness, cinnamon and ginger, a little oak, digestive biscuits, apricots, and a hint of coca.

Finish
Long lingering finish with a light malty flavour and sweet oak. Not so much a finish, more of an encore.

ABV

40%

Volume

700mL

THE IRISHMAN 12 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT

At The Irishman we pride ourselves in continually raising the bar on the quality of Irish Whiskeys released, as well as offering something new and excitingly different. In September 2013 as we launched The Irishman 12 Year Old Single Malt, we certainly feel we have delivered on this promise. This outstanding whiskey is the outcome of 12 years maturation in exclusively first fill Bourbon casks. The Irishman 12 Year Old Single Malt is a timeless Irish Malt which is matured in first fill, flame charred Bourbon barrels. Each year we will select only a handful of the best barrels, to make ‘the cut’ for our 12 Year Old. A maximum of 6000 bottles will be produced each year. Each bottle comes numbered by batch as a mark of quality and is non-chill filtered.

Tasting notes

Nose
Incredibly full aroma, no mistaking the influence of the ex-Bourbon casks with the light sweet spicy notes of Vanilla, Cinnamon and even a tincture of Clove. All balanced with Apples and Pears, some charred wood and freshly cut hay.

Taste
The initial sip is a burst of rich flavours, sweet with Vanilla delicately bolstered by Black Peppercorns, reluctantly giving way to a succulent fruity mid-section before slowly fading to leave a very satisfying grassy cereal conclusion.

Finish
The fullness of the body fades quite quickly but leaves behind a lingering succulent flavour of Barley and Oak. A touch of creamy dairy fudge and Dark Chocolate adds to the complexity.

ABV

43%

Volume

700mL

THE IRISHMAN CASK STRENGTH

The Irishman Rare Cask Strength (53% alc) is Ireland’s most exclusive Whiskey, distilled 3 times and carefully aged in American Oak Casks. Each year Bernard Walsh selects a handful of exceptional casks to make this the benchmark for Super Premium Cask Strength Irish Whiskey. It is available in strictly limited quantities with on average 2,000 bottles produced each year. Each bottle is uniquely numbered and signed. It is reserved for the appreciation of the most discerning judges of Whiskey. The Irishman Rare Cask Strength was a Gold Medal winner in “The Premium Irish Whiskey Category” at The Whiskey Masters. It was also rated a magnificent 94.5 points in Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2010 “Quite exceptional”

Tasting notes

Nose
Digestive biscuits, Green apple with subtle notes of pepper and spice.

Taste
Brilliantly balanced with creamy oak and summer fruits.

Finish
Long, developing into banana nut bread, rich and sophisticatedly spiced. A splash of water is a perfect companion that changes the complexity of the whiskey and compliments the high strength texture.

ABV

54%

Volume

700mL

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