Continuing my exploration of the fantastically affordable Dundalgan range from Lidl is their Charred Cask Blend.
Not being a blind tasting does somewhat colour the experience – but this is what I found.
Dundalgan Charred Cask, Blend, 40%
Such an expressive nose!
Those rich vanillas & caramels I expect from a decent bourbon cask matured whiskey were clearly evident.
Fairly mild & mellow on the palate – the vanillas giving a touch of grainy sweetness – before a hearty prickliness is experienced on the rear.
This charred cask is better than I remember it!
Perhaps it’s not only the label that’s had an update?
Jameson Caskmates, Stout Edition, Blend, 40%
You could say this is the original beer barrel aged whiskey – and it’s certainly been a big success – as well as spawning many others.
The colour was noticeably darker than the other 2 stouts & on par with the Charred Cask – a deep golden brown.
A honeyed rich caramel nose.
Well rounded mouthfeel – definitely smooth – with entertaining notes from the stout influence coming through towards the finish.
No sharp edges here – nice easy drinking with added flavour.
Dundalgan Stout Edition, Single Malt, 42%
As well as being lighter in colour – I found the nose cleaner & fresher.
The palate is single malt mellow – with a touch of sharpness leaving lip smacking flavours dancing off the tongue.
I believe this offering benefits from non chill filtering, natural colouring & a slightly higher ABV.
Teeling Galway Bay Stout Cask, Blend, 46%
The extra ABV kicks in with a spirity nose.
A lovely interaction of coffee like stout notes interplay with fresh sweet grain on the palate.
There’s a bit of a punch on the finish – but the flavours still delight.
So how to pick a winner?
I’m gonna discount the Teeling as it’s twice the price & the extra ABV could be challenging.
‘Tis enjoyable though!
Jameson is dropped too – the richness & smoothness appeals to many – but I’m looking for a tad more oomph.
So it’s down to the Dundalgans.
For sheer affordability, simplicity of flavour & entertaining delivery – I think the Dundalgan Charred Cask wins the day!