West Cork 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Sub-Category Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Origin West Cork, Ireland
Retail Price $39.99
In the Glass
Deep golden color with hints of copper.
The nose is wonderfully intense with waves of rich caramel malt, tea biscuits, honey, wild flowers, vanilla bean, and toffee.
The palate is in full agreement with the nose while delivering a super rich and ever-expansive malt core that is impossibly silky. Supporting notes of brown baking spices, gingerbread, and toasted oak round out the package.
Intensity & Texture
This single malt is bold and beautiful while never being cloying or heavy as vibrant spice notes and a generous dose of acidity keep it fresh.
An independent distiller in Ireland is surely a cool thing as more distillers are needed to offer diversity to the category and meet the needs of a world with an ever-growing thirst for Irish Whiskey.
At $40 a bottle it may not be a bargain but this is the fair market price for quality single malt Irish Whiskey and when you consider the quality it's hard to argue.
The Whiskies from West Cork are beyond promising, I believe they have arrived. They use local spring water, they process their own grains and even malt their own barley, which sets them apart from their fellow Irish distillers. Their 10 Year single malt is aged exclusively in ex-Bourbon casks. The recent addition of Whiskey guru Frank McHardy (formerly of Springbank and Bushmills) further declares their intent.
How to Enjoy
I recommend skipping ice with this one as this will simply mute many of the subtle flavors. I like this Whiskey served in a Glencairn Whisky glass with a splash of water.