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Drink Review: Tyrconnell Single Malt

A superb Irish single malt, with a creamy character and a wonderfully smooth palate. Very drinkable.

Tyrconnell Single Malt Review:

In 1780, the Tyrconnell Distillery was founded by the Earl of Tyrconnell to his “most expensive pleasures at the time”, and was situated in the town of Derry in Northern Ireland. The distillery was founded by the Earl of Tyrconnell after he was exiled from Ireland. He had previously been in the Dublin Parliament, and had been ousted after failing to support King George of Hanover, turning all his estates into Tyrconnell instead. The intention was for the whiskey to be sold to the businessmen in the capital, and made it the first Dublin based Irish whiskey distillery. In 1867, the distillery burnt down and was replaced by a new one the following year. They began using single grain whiskey soon after that. More on the distillation process can be found here. On the 6th April 1885, the entirety of whiskey stocks was destroyed when the distillery was burnt to the ground, and a new distillery was built in the same location.

In 1937, the distillery was rebuilt again, with modern distillation equipment. Lapsang Souchong was the name of the new still process. This new process removed the heavy oils from the barley, and changed the flavour profile of the whiskey and made sure it didn’t oxidise too quickly. The distillery ran with this process until the 1950s, when they stopped distilling Grain whisky for almost thirty years. In 1990, the distillery was purchased by Pernod-Ricard, and received a lot of investment and was refurbished. In 1996, the distillery released their first Single Malt, and in 2000 the first 12 year was released. There were several releases over the last six years, and in 2012 production was halted. In 2014, the Irish Whiskey Company bought the distillery, and 2 years later started distilling again in early 2016. 

Tyrconnell Whiskey Review:

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sweet, honey, malt, light fruits (apple and mango), light spices (pepper and nutmeg), light vanilla and oak.

Palate: Buttery and creamy entry, with some light vanilla and butter spice. The palate is really smooth for a 10 year old whiskey, with a fantastic, sweet, full, long palate. Light fruits are there, with a few apples and pears and a touch of peach, Irish honey notes, some chamomile and camomile, with a hint of mint. The finish is long, warm and incredibly smooth, with very little burn.

This is an excellent Irish whiskey that should not be missed. It’s just a shame this is a Single Pot Still, but it’s a really sweet and smooth whiskey that has some really beautiful notes. Hopefully the 12 year old won’t be too much changed. This is a really great example of Irish Whiskey, especially for the price. Definitely recommended.

Written by Mark Adams

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