Grace O’Malley, Dark Rum & Char Casks, Blend, 42%

The rebirth of Irish Whiskey is a wonderful spectacle to witness.

New players in the market are attracted by the phenomenal growth rate and renewed confidence of Irish Whiskey worldwide.

Brands that effectively had monopoly sales are now being challenged by a bold new wave of exciting upstarts that are changing the face of Irish Whiskey.

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This undoubtedly causes a few upsets & disputes.

The status quo is gone.

Irish Whiskey is beginning to mature and is experiencing growing pains.

Whiskey Nut thoroughly welcomes this not entirely unexpected development. – it’s like watching your young teenager learning to drive.

Sure there’ll be some false starts & shaky take-offs – but with trial, error and growing experience – they can become a confident, safe  & skilled driver.

Well Irish Whiskey is back in the driving seat – and it’s a joy to behold.

Every week brings announcements of new & exciting distilleries or brands entering the market.

Brands like Grace O’Malley Whiskey.

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The advertising is bold.

Recalling a true life Pirate Queen figure from Ireland’s rich historical past.

The bottle presentation is brave.

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Enclosed in a black bodice style gaily printed wrap Grace O’Malley Whiskey is certainly eye-catching.

I found the allure irresistible so promptly ordered a bottle from L. Mulligan Whiskey Shop.

Suitably impressed by the presentation – I wasted no time in cracking it open.

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The nose displays a joyfully youthful & fresh grain combined with softly sweet malts giving a lovely warmth & gentle spice.

The smooth delivery lulled me in before a gently drying spiciness laden with dark cherries gave added character & depth to the proceedings.

A suitably long finish had an unexpected fruity juiciness appearing at the end just as that gorgeous dryness I enjoy slowly faded.

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The contents complimented the tales of Grace O’Malley’s exploits with a characterful mouthfeel, lovely depth of flavour and good complexity too.

The price point is a bit on the high side for a blend – even allowing for the wonderful presentation and mature malt content- but I’m pleased to read the owners will be releasing more attractively costed bottles too here.

Grace O’Malley Whiskey is one of the first third party releases using spirit sourced from the Great Northern Distillery – I look forward to many more.

I wish all connected with the brand a safe journey as they set sail into the brave new world of Irish Whiskey.

Sláinte

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