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March 11, 2018

Review: Straw Boys Irish Vodka

by Jeff Ellingson

Straw Boys Irish Vodka was launched in 2015.  It is crafted at the Connacht Distillery that sits on the banks of the River Moy.  The Connacht Whiskey Company is the result of a dream shared by four men, three Americans, and one Irishman, to bring pure pot still Irish whiskey back to the west of Ireland after a 100 year absence.  While they wait for their own produced whiskey to mature they have sourced Irish whiskey distilled from a secondary source, and they craft a gin, poitin, and vodka.  The Straw Boys name comes from an age old tradition in Ireland where a fun bunch of young men appear suddenly at a wedding to dance with the bride and groom.  They depart as swiftly as they arrived.  Their name comes from the straw hats used to hide their identity.  Their appearance is said to bring good fortune.  Straw Boys Irish Vodka is created using select wheat and is batch distilled in copper pot stills and hand bottled at the distillery.The aroma is fresh Semolina pasta, vanilla, and roasted almonds.  The fresh almond pastry entry is joined by sweet vanilla.  It fades with anise and almond paste flavor.  The finish is smooth, semi dry, and mineral with fresh fettuccini, cream, lemongrass, and a sprinkle of black pepper.

Made in: Belleek Balina County Mayo Ireland

40% Alcohol

Score: 91

Award: Gold Medal

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