Discovering a new favorite Irish whiskey.
I was recently gifted a bottle of The Quiet Man traditional Irish Whiskey (http://thequietmanirishwhiskey.com/) by Mike of White Stag Trading Co. (http://www.whitestagtrading.com/). The majority of my Irish whiskey experience can be traced back to younger days, enjoying Jameson primarily as a shot, not really giving much thought to what subtleties might present within. I decided this would be a good time to revisit the classic (to establish a baseline), before exploring the newcomer to my world.
What can be said about Jameson? How many times had I over imbibed to the point of regret on this nectar in my early to mid-twenties before allowing it to slip from my regularly scheduled programming, only coming back as a part of a Hot Toddy when needed? I used to really like it, and then it slowly disappeared. It was a bit more yellow in color than I remembered, almost radiant. Light nose, light taste, almost grassy, with sweet end notes, and a familiar burn at the end. It’s a solid drink choice, widely available, and familiar to millions. Not being blown away, but having established a solid baseline, it was time to move on.
The Quiet Man has a nice story on the side of its bottle about the distiller’s father being a bartender in Belfast, and where its name originates from. I always find little touches like this as having a way about them that can endear me to a product. I know it sounds silly, but I like to know a little bit about where what I’m getting myself into is coming from…unless its light beer, then I don’t care, then I just want light beer. So having poured a glass, the first thing I noted was that it still had that yellow tinge, but was paler than Jameson. It had a floral nose, but what struck me was how rich the flavor was. It had a bit of the grassiness from Jameson but was dominated by more malts, and a big almost buttery finish that possessed a subtle but welcome sweetness. I’m in love. This is wonderful Irish whiskey, and I feel spoiled for future encounters with lesser varieties.
So thanks Mike, you may have brought me back into the world of Irish whiskeys with this one.