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March 3, 2018

Review: Slane Irish Whiskey

by Jeff Ellingson

Slane Irish Whiskey was released in 2017.  The Slane Distillery is housed within the 250 year old horse stables on the Slane Castle estate.  This small village is located on the north bank of the river Boyne.  A $50 million project launched in 2015 by Brown- Forman to construct their own distillery continues.  Currently both the malt and grain whiskey used to produce Slane Irish whiskey are sourced from an undisclosed distillery.  The whiskey is aged in virgin, and seasoned casks raised by hand at the Brown-Forman cooperages, and Oloroso sherry casks from Jerez Spain.  Brown-Forman produces Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve, so I have no doubt most of these seasoned first refill barrels once aged those fine whiskeys.     The aroma is vanilla, plum, brown sugar, nutmeg, oak, banana, toffee, and apple.  The sweet apple, plum, toffee, and brown sugar entry is joined by vanilla, orange peel, and clove.  Butterscotch and banana follow, before fading with malt, mineral, oak, and char.  The finish has burnt caramel, nutmeg, cocoa, and banana bread flavor that leaves dry oak, cantaloupe, cinnamon, clove and char taste.  Stick with Slane, my initial thought was the finish is a little heavy on char flavor, but after a few sips I don’t feel it takes away from the overall experience.  Slane Whiskey may have the largest flavor palate of any Irish whiskey I’ve tried.  I don’t pick up every flavor on each sip I take, but that is what makes Slane Irish whiskey special.  Having been aged in three different oak barrels no doubt helps.  If I was going to select an Irish whiskey to serve someone who typically enjoyed a well aged rum, Slane Irish whiskey may be my first choice.

Made in Ireland

40% Alcohol

Score: 91

Award: Gold Medal

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