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Glendalough is a captivating Irish distillery that gives a variety of merchandise developed with creativity and creative abandon. Some are fantastic and a few miss the mark, however we’re all the time desperate to see what they produce subsequent. Right this moment we are attempting a brand new whiskey and gin from the distillery.
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey – This single grain whiskey has an uncommon mashbill that features corn and malted barley. It was aged 3 years in ex-bourbon barrels adopted by 6 months in ex-oloroso sherry barrels. The nostril is surprisingly complicated, providing vanilla adopted by honey, recent apple, grass, bubblegum, and blended floral and grain notes. The palate follows go well with with vanilla coming first, adopted by a lot of the identical because the nostril — apples, honey, raisins, cinnamon, grass, and cereal. For a younger whiskey, the flavors come collectively nicely on this light-bodied whiskey, and though the end is a bit quick, it’s nice all the identical. I’d like to see what this could style like with a bit extra getting older, however it is a surprisingly good whiskey as is — and a fantastic worth. 84 proof. B+ / $35
Glendalough Rose Gin – True to its title, this gin pours a stunning, gentle shade of pink. The colour and character derive from the vapor distillation of backyard roses in addition to wild roses and crops from the mountains across the distillery. As nicely, after distillation, the gin is infused with extra roses. The nostril instantly reveals the floral character, and though it’s assertive, it’s not overwhelming and blends properly with juniper pine notes. On the palate, the floral notes are extra dominant, however pine, pepper, and a little bit of sweetness additionally come ahead. I assumed the gin did high quality in a martini, nevertheless it actually shines in a gin & tonic with the floral character checked by the slight bitterness of the tonic, leading to a shiny, balanced, summery cocktail that’s refreshing and distinctive. Those that like floral gins and luxuriate in G&T will certainly wish to search this one out. 82 proof. B+ / $35