Just over 8 years old and releasing their first core bottling - Dingle Distillery in Ireland have come a long way in a short period of time.
Let's see what it's like!
Matured in PX Sherry (61%) and Bourbon (39%) first fill casks and comprising predominantly six to seven-year-old triple distilled spirit bottled at 46.3% ABV (50,000 bottles)Nose – Lime Zest, Chopped Mint, Sweet PearTaste – Caramelised Apple, Raisins, VanillaFinish – Honey Sweetness, Mixed Spice lingers on the tongue
Appearance: Bright gold in the glass, swirls cling as a thick line, bead up slowly and fall as slow thick legs.
Nose: Orchard fruit - apples, pears, apricots, fresh cut grass, some sweet berry notes. A little time and air offer minty toffee, coffee and hints of dried fruit.
Palate: Smooth (what else would you expect from triple distilled Irish Whiskey!) thick arrival, hints of sweet tropical fruit before the spice kicks in. Dried pineapple, mango and banana washed away by huge ginger spice notes which leave the lips tingling. As you go down the glass brown sugar and dried fruit appear - a little coffee here as well. Hints of strawberry jam and mixed herbs.
Finish: Lingering ginger spice notes with a little sweet tropical fruit and vanilla custard.
Overall: Some hints of new make give away the young age but don't detract from what is a solid dram. As a core release it shares some of the characteristics of it's batch released siblings but I think a higher ABV would suit it better - but that's just where my palate is at the moment. The higher percentage of sherry casks seems to suit the spirit - dried fruit and strawberry jam notes balance the oak and vanilla notes of the bourbon casks. There is still a big kick of spice though - from the bourbon or the spirit's youth? Either way I like it!
For lots of new distilleries it's easy to release single casks and small batches, but to recoup all of the investment that's been made they need volume selling core releases and this means holding stock and aging casks to be married for a consistent flavour. I'm guessing this is the first of what will be a range - maybe offering different cask finishes or age statements? Based on this release and to steal a well known catch phrase - the future's bright, the future's Dingle!
I wouldn't trust holding the bottle upside down!