A Quick Dram: Greenore 8 yo

Greenore 8 years old
Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Limited edition, bottled 2007
Small batch distillation from Cooley distillery, County Louth
40% abv

Appearance: Pale yellow gold, similar to a lightly oaked white wine.

Nose: Sherbet lemon sweets and warm vanilla custard – creamy but tangy.Something fragrant underneath, like aromatic spices…cardamom perhaps?

Palate: Firm and surprisingly fruity on the palate initially. A burst of vanilla spiciness then that custard creamy sweetness quickly fades to more tingling spice, the unmistakeable clean taste of grain and there is even some licorice lingering on the finish.

Overall: If this was my first meeting with single grain whiskey, I’d be tempted to try others; not too sweet, not too harsh with rich vanilla flavours and a softening of the metallic quality I have found in other (young) grain whiskies. Think posh and spicy custard!

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