A 2021 Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) report stated 96% of the whiskey made in Ireland is destined for sales abroad.
This allows many companies to exclusively target that market – without selling in the Auld Sod!
Kinahan’s are one of them.
Proudly displaying a long heritage back to 1779 – Kinahan’s describe themselves as pioneers.
My first encounter was at The Dead Rabbit in NYC.
Kinahan’s 10yo Single Malt was a pleasing fruity offering in a bourbon country that reminded me of home.
My next meeting was more pioneering.
The Kasc Project advertising caught my eye & the unconventional hybrid barrels intrigued.
Using casks made up of staves from various woods – Portuguese Oak, American Oak, Hungarian Oak, French Oak & Chestnut – gave the youthful Kasc B – for blend – a complexity & depth of flavour normally found in older aged whiskeys.
A further encounter resulted in Kasc M – the latest single malt incarnation.
Sweet honeyed nose with hints of nuttiness & deeper depth.
Very smooth & mouth coating initially – before a mélange of complex flavours danced merrily on the palate.
Builds to a prickly tingling sensation leaving a lasting dryness gently fading away.
I really enjoyed this one!
It may be a riot of wood – but it’s more a harmony of flavour.
The interaction of diverse woods within the hybrid cask has brought about a fabulous melting pot of notes complimenting each other in a balanced performance.
The 45% strength & non chill filtration also help to showcase the whiskey.
It’s enough to tempt me abroad!