5 Nietypowe prezenty irlandzkie whisky świąteczne
Stuart, Co whisky chcesz polecić jako Irish Whiskey świąteczne prezenty kupić dla mojego whisky-mad Znajomych, Krewny, Colleague etc…?
Bez wątpliwości, this is one of the most common questions that I get asked again and again at this time of year by my friends from outside the world of whiskey who are aware of my whiskey blogger background.
I think that we should start by asking what makes a good Christmas present in the first place? In general, Christmas presents can be generous, but should never be too extravagant. It should be obvious that the buyer has put some thought into their choice of present and so, ideally, there should be something unusual or special about the gift chosen.
I always think that the best gifts to receive are not just the ones that I would like to buy myself, but often the ones that I might never buy for myself, because of either cost or habit. For example, if I am a fan of light or milk chocolate, then that’s generally what I buy for myself. Więc, maybe the best gift for me would be an unusual dark chocolate that I can afford, but would never think of buying or trying for myself.
Sometimes the best gifts are not just the familiar favourites, but the gifts that bring us on a new journey for better or worse. Ones that take you outside the safety of your comfort zone.
Avoid the “Safe Buy” Whiskeys
There are many safe comfort-zone Irish Whiskeys all of which make nice corporate gifts. Think Yellow Spot, Powers Jana Lane, older Bushmills etc. All very fine high quality Irish Whiskeys, but also all very familiar to any Irish Whiskey aficionado who probably has a bottle or two of each already in their whiskey cabinet at home.
My suggestion this year is to bypass the safe buys and look at the unusual, the rare, the pricey-but worth it and the whiskeys that a whiskeyphile might not like enough to buy for themselves but would love to have a sample of in their collection.
The Unusual – Glengarrif Series Bog Oak and Peat Charred Cask Whiskeys from West Cork Distillers
I included the Glengarrif series of Charred Cask Whiskeys from West Cork Distillers in an article earlier this year on 16 Wielkie irlandzkie Whisky dla początkujących. W tym artykule, o którym mowa w West Cork Distillers jak osoby “Skunk Works” lub Centrum Doskonałości Cutting Edge irlandzka whisky innowacji. Po raz pierwszy usłyszałem o swoim projekcie Charred Cask kiedy Serdecznie zapraszamy do odwiedzenia destylarnię dwa lata temu. Przy użyciu procesu opracowanego we własnym zakresie przez zachodnioniemieckich Distillers Cork, beczki są płomień zwęglone parze z dębu bagiennego i torfu.
Wyniki tego procesu innowacyjnego są dość imponujące, a niedawno pojawiły się na rynku jako seria Glenfgarrif dwóch West Cork single malt whisky gotowych w Irish Bog Oak zwęglone i irlandzki Torf zwęglone beczki odpowiednio. Wiele z tych niepowtarzalny smak whisky pochodzi z wykończeniem beczkach, char parze z charakterem i aromat dębu bagiennego lub torfu.
Ceny dla whisky z tej jakości są ukraść w zaledwie 40 € i dlatego sugeruję, że nawet lepiej byłoby Boże Narodzenie obecny na prezent zarówno w jednym obecny jako klamra z Glengarriffs! Ale gdybym miał wybrać jedną, Polecam Bog Oak w jego ekscentryczne brązowej szklanej butelce.
Drogie -Sonny Molloys’ Raszka 16 Letnia Jedynka Cask
Sonny Molloy nie jest sam jeden z najlepszych barów whisky w Galway, jest to również jeden z najlepszych barów whisky w Irlandii i otrzymaniu Irish Whiskey Trail “Whisky Bar Roku” wyróżnienie na początku tego roku na irlandzkiej whisky Dnia – 3rd marca. Sonny Molloy’s have had a longstanding Association with the Midleton Distillery and are one of just a few Irish Whiskey bars to host an entire collection of Midleton Very Rare bottles including the very rare and expensive Midleton Pearl.
They have now joined forces with Midleton to release an exclusive Sonny Molloys edition of Redbreast 16 Single Pot Still Whiskey at a cask strength. Normally Redbreast comes in 12, 15 i 21 Year Old age statements.
Aged in a 500 litre Spanish Oak sherry cask, only 570 bottles have been yielded from cask #10351. The result is a limited-edition and truly collectable whiskey. Właśnie 200 bottles have been released for general sale by Sonny Molloy’s at the exclusive price of €345. Każda butelka formy częścią ekskluzywnego zestawu prezent, wyposażony w dwa specjalnie grawerowane kubki Galway Irish Crystal i certyfikat autentyczności, zatwierdzony przez Midleton za Mistrza Distiller, Brian Nation którzy uczestniczyli w inauguracji noc w Galway kilka tygodni temu.
Niestety z powodu wcześniejszego committment, Nie udało mi się uczestniczyć w inauguracji, ale Sonny Molloys byli na tyle uprzejmi, aby wysłać mi mały próbki degustacyjne, które omówię bardziej szczegółowo na co WhiskeyBlogger.com w najbliższych tygodniach.
Ale mogę powiedzieć, że teraz to Redbreast 16 represents the Midleton Masters at the very top of their game and is worth every penny of it’s very expensive price, especially as it comes in a quite luxurious Gift Pack as can be seen in the above video courtesy of Sonny Molloys Instagram account. A generous but very special Irish Whiskey Christmas Present.
I might not buy one myself, but I’d love one as a Present! – Teeling Single Pot Still
It’s hard to believe that the Teeling whiskey company is only 5 years old as both their main stream offerings of small batch, single malt and single grain and their premium offerings of Brabazon and Revival are all now firmly embedded in the Irish Whiskey psyche as if they have been around for 100 roku.
The Teeling Distillery in Dublin’s Liberties is now just over three years old (the minimum age for Irish Whiskey) which means that the first Teeling Whiskey from their own distillery, a single pot still whiskey, can now be released for sale.
This is the first commercial release of Teeling Single Pot Still Whiskey, produced from a recipe of 50% un-malted barley and 50% słodu jęczmiennego, which Teeling say is a uniquely Irish mash bill made famous by Dublin distillers of old.
destyluje się 2015 in the Teeling Whiskey Distillery and aged in a range of virgin oak, ex-bourbon and ex-wine casks, this release possesses a distinct Pot Still taste profile unique to Teeling. Partia 1 of the Teeling Single Pot Still was bottled in October 2018 and is limited to 6,000 butelki. Normally Single Pot Still whiskeys have been the preserve of Irish Distillers, so this is one of the very first of several new single pot still Irish whiskeys to be produced by the independent Irish Whiskey distilleries. Several more will follow from other Irish distilleries next year.
I have tasted this Teeling Single Pot Still just once, a few weeks ago in the Dingle Whiskey bar in Dublin and I found the taste, even for a very young whiskey to be “interesting” to say the least. There’s a lot going on here in the nose, taste and finish, especially on the single pot still spicy side, but I also encountered a pronounced metallic tang that would put me off buying it as a drinking whiskey for myself. I’m not the only whiskey reviewer to comment on the unique taste of this new whiskey. Many of my colleagues ascribe it to the fact that the whiskey is just three years old and that it just needs another while in the casks. I’m not sure I agree that this is the main issue, as I’ve tasted plenty of new make spirit and immature single pot still without the presence of this intriguing new element.
normalnie, if I happen to personally not like a particular whiskey, I just don’t write about it. But this is a special and unique Irish Whiskey in so many other areas, that I had to include it. It may just need a few more years in the cask to reach it’s full potential, or it may indeed be the new “Laphroaig” of Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey with fans on both sides of the argument. Lub, it may just be me.
Tak czy inaczej, it is a super project. Would I buy a bottle myself @ €55 a pop? Having tasted it just once, probably not. But would I like to recive one as a present to explore and disect further at my leisure? Absolutely! Any Irish Whiskey aficionado including myself would be thrilled to find one of these unique and very special pieces of Irish Whiskey history in their Christmas stocking this year.
The Rare and Unique – Portmagee 9 Year Old Barbados Rum Cask Finish
Ok, declaration of interest time. As one of the owner – directors of Portmagee Whiskey, I had a part in working with Brian and the wonderful team in Great Northern Distillery in the design, blend and maturation of this fairly unique Nine Year Old Irish Whiskey which has just been released on the Irish whiskey market in extremely limited amounts.
As a whiskey aficionado and reviewer, I wanted us to create an Irish Whiskey that had the style and substance to appeal to an experienced whiskey fan, but would be approachable and easy drinking for an Irish Whiskey beginner.
We started with a terrific nine year old single grain as the blank canvas for a Barbados Dark Rum Cask Finish and added some thirteen year old Irish single malt to give the finished blend even more depth and character. Innym wyjątkowym akcentem jest to, że whisky są małżeństwem do prawidłowych proporcjach mieszania w beczkach rum zamiast dojrzewania osobno i mieszane przed butelkowaniem, jak to często bywa. Pomimo swojego wieku i wykończenia, Portmagee Whisky jest dość jasny kolor jak my nie zdecydowała się dodać dowolny z normalnie dozwolone karmelowym sztucznych barwników. Nie jest to Chill przesączono.
Byłem absolutnie zachwycony gotowego whisky, a jeszcze bardziej przez bardzo pozytywnych opinii otrzymanych dotychczas.
Batch jeden był ograniczony tylko uwolnienie edycja 399 indywidualnie numerowanych butelek, na sprzedaż tylko w Portmagee Village i lokalnym regionie South Kerry i większość z nich na € 65 zostały już rozchwytywane przez kolekcjonerów, skłonni aby dodać unikatowy 9 Letnia irlandzka whisky do swojej kolekcji. Batch two follows in January 2019 with a larger release of a Non Age Statement Portmagee (also with Barbados Cask Finish) due for general release in Ireland and abroad in Q2, 2019.
The Unusual – Glendalough 13 Year Old Single Malt Mizunara Oak Finish
Glendalough Whiskey have taken a thirteen year old single malt Irish Whiskey and finished it for one year in Mizunara oak casks from Japan. The Mizunara casks which can cost over €5,000 each were hand crafted by the oldest cooper in Japan at Japan’s only independent cooperage at Ariake on Hokkaido Island.
Mizunara Oak from Mizu (woda) and nara (oak) is considered the Rolls Royce of Japanese Whiskey Casks as the softness of wood and wide grain allow the casks to breathe whiskey to a much greater intensity than European or American oak casks. The trees must be two hundred years old before they are harvested
I love the distinct slightly resinish flavour which is typical of Mizunara with pronounced notes of incense, coconut and especially sandalwood. It can be difficult to influence the already stong flavour profile of a thirteen year old single malt whiskey, but the Mizunara cask finish complements and enhances rather than overpowers the malt in this wonderful expression.
Glendalough Mizunara is a whiskey to open for special occasions. Every glass is packed with wonderfully unusual flavours quite unlike any other Irish Whiskey finish. At around €100, it’s a special Christmas present, but one any Irish Whiskey Collector would treasure and well, well worth the extra investment.
Teeling, Glendalough and Glengarriff whiskeys are all available from the usual Irish whiskey outlets or online for shipping outside Ireland from the Celtic Whiskey Shop.
Portmagee 9 is available in Portmagee, Valentia, Caherciveen and South Kerry and also by the glass in the Hotel Minella in Clonmel.
Sonny Molloys Redbreast 16 Cask Strength is available to buy from Sonny Molloys Bar in Galway.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone and I look forward to seeing you all again in 2019.
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