Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Egan's Single Grain Irish Whiskey
The Egan's Vintage Grain was put in cask in 2009 and bottled in 2017. It rested for eight-plus years in ex-Bourbon casks and was bottled at 46% with no chill-filtration. Despite being bottled over-proof the Whiskey is not at all hot on the palate rather being wonderfully soft and harmonious. This bottling represents the second offering from the Egan's brand. The sixth generation of Egans, direct descendants of Patrick Egan Sr., who founded the brand in County Offaly in 1852 now piloting the family brand.
In 1852 Patrick Egan Sr. launched P&H Egan in Tullamore, County Offaly. The Egans were merchants involved in malting, brewing, and bottling. Prior to World War II the Egans got into the Whiskey business purchasing Whiskey from distillers such as Paddy and Jameson then aging and blending the spirit that would be bottled under the family name. P&H Egan liquidated in 1968 and naturally the Egan’s Whiskey disappeared from the marketplace. The current crop of Egans have had an itch to get the family back into the Whiskey business. Jonathan Egan recalls visiting his grandfather in Tullamore listening to him regale stories of P&H Egan's disparate businesses. Further inspiration came from friend and drinks industry veteran John Ralph. On a visit to the Egan’s home Ralph observed the family moments that included old beer barrels and bottles along with a collection of old labels and advertisements. Ralph proclaimed, “The Egans have a real heritage, a real legitimate brand history that is not contrived and we needed to launch it asap!” The rest in history in the making.
Brilliant, golden color. The aromatics are beautifully perfumed with layers of vanilla, salted caramel, and blanched almonds with accents of allspice and brown butter. The palate echoes the nose delivering a rich caramel and vanilla focused core with flanking notes of oak and brown baking spices that finishes dry. Medium-bodied with perfect balance and long, lingering flavors that become both dry and sweet.
How to Serve
Sip neat with a small splash of water as the water helps the Whiskey to bloom revealing all of its complex and layered flavors.
Price: $ 45
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