Hot off the heels of the actual Irish Whiskey Awards 2019 are the results of my own blind tasting findings.
It certainly won’t attract as much fanfare – but it might be of interest to any readers out there interested seeing where my palate goes.
Blind tasting to me is the ultimate leveller.
It’s just you, your palate and the whiskey.
There is no information – not even the categories – and I love it!
There are simply identical bottles filled with whiskey for the judges to sample, rate and enjoy – which is exactly what I did.
This year I only managed the one tasting session – and the results were broadly similar to my previous findings.
34 entrants – average score 74.
Such a large group of entrants could only be Irish Blends Under €60 – which it was.
My scores were very tight. Ranging from 70 – there were a few – right up to 81 – of which there was only one.
Dunville’s Three Crowns Peated, 43,5%.
No contest really. The only peater in the pack. I love peat.
2nd & 3rd followed closely.
Pearse 7 Year Old Distillers Choice & Pearse 5 Year Old Original Blend.
4 entrants – average score 73.5
Correctly guessed as New Irish Whiskey.
Scores ranged from 70 to 77 and again reflected a ‘work in progress’ theme to the offerings.
My clear winner?
Dingle Single Malt Batch 4, 46.5%.
4 entrants – average score 78
The power of these suggested Irish Cask Strength – and so it proved to be.
Scores ranged from 73 to 81. The winner turned out to be the biggest surprise of the session.
Wild Geese Untamed, Cask Strength, 65%.
Didn’t see that one coming! A welcome return for Wild Geese Whiskey.
I wish all the entrants – especially all the winners – both my own personal preferences as well as the actual winners – much future success.