Púca in Irish mythology are mischievous spirits that appear in a variety of disguises – often horses – & can shape shift to confuse their quarry.
Whiskey is also a bit of a shape shifter.
Starting off as raw grains – barley & corn in this instance – grown in fields. Adding water & yeast, brewing, distilling & maturing. The solid grains are transformed into an aromatic brown alcoholic liquid.
The aromas emanating from Púca Irish Whiskey were particularly attractive.
Reflecting both the raw ingredients – a fresh sweet lightness from the corn – plus the cask influence – a lovely rich rummy nose full of dark caramels from the ex-rum & stout barrels used.
The palate is silky smooth with a wholesome mouthfeel. A touch of spice breaking through. The peppery spice slowly grows in strength giving a gorgeously prickly experience to the long lasting finish.
A lively & characterful blend!
There’s another similarity with the elusive púca spirits.
Despite being available in Aldi for the excellent price of €25 – Púca Irish Whiskey didn’t appear on the date advertised. By the time I was informed they’d arrived – none were left on the shelves!
Luckily a sample swap was procured!
If you’re after Púca Irish Whiskey you’d better be quick – it’s a joyous encounter when you do!
Headline image courtesy Blackwater Distillery