The Irishman is produced by Walsh Whiskey, the same group that’s behind Writers’ Tears. The Founder’s Reserve Caribbean Cask Finish is a terrific addition to the line-up. From their website:
The Irishman Founder’s Reserve – Caribbean Cask Finish is the second expression in The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Cask Series. It is a limited edition finished in rum casks from the tiny tropical Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. A super-premium whiskey, it is a rare vatting of Single Pot Still and Single Malt whiskeys finished for 6 months in Chairman’s Reserve Rum casks. The release is limited to just 12 casks with 380 bottles per cask. Each bottle is individually numbered and signed by Bernard Walsh.
Keeping in mind that Single Pot Still whisky is defined as Irish whiskey made from malted and unmalted barley, this play on the two main malts from Ireland is a good twist that Bernard Walsh has used in other releases. At 46% ABV, this is the right proof point for a terrific flavour combination.
The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Caribbean Cask Finish (46%)
Category: Irish whiskey, non-distiller producer, single malt and single pot still blend
Nose: Oaky notes, light on spice and caramel. Citrus is fresh. It’s a light and simple nose, but quite pleasant.
Palate: Rich caramel notes come through, some burnt butter notes, and a lot of spice. It’s quite pleasing, though not overly complex. The finish, though, is both high on butter and licorice and this finishes incredible strong. It’s a soft start but it all works really well toward the middle and finish.
Conclusion: The score here would be average. The nose is tempting, but not overly complex. The palate is nice, but it’s just the start. That finish makes this whisky. It brings on these chocolate licorice notes that are unique, and quite lovely to taste! The spice hangs on great and butter keeps the flavour. Sure, it’s a Caribbean cask finish, but the notes are subtle.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Walsh Whiskey for sending me a sample bottle! As always, while I accept sample bottles, it has no influence on my scoring or write-up.