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An Fear Grinn, Móinteach No 2, Peated Single Malt, 46%

You gotta hand it to An Fear Grinn – they do release some delicious whiskey.

It helps – of course – that they’re all presented non chill filtered & natural colour at usually 46% – or above.

This – to me at least – accentuates the strength of flavour within.

Their latest release – Móinteach No 2 – is a follow on from the original peated single malt Móinteach of last year.

There’s a classic iodiney, TCP kind of nose going on with No 2. Not overpowering – just very clearly stated.

Clean & crisp on the palate. Lovely freshness. Again the peat influence is evident.

Finishes with a lip-smacking dryness coating the mouth in a prickly tingliness which excites & leaves with a soft smokiness.

Image courtesy An Fear Grinn

An elegantly presented smoker of a malt.

Catch it while you can!

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An Fear Grinn website here.

My blog on Móinteach here.

Sample kindly supplied by An Fear Grinn.

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An Fear Grinn, Tide’s In, 13 Year Old Single Cask, Single Grain, 57.8% & Gullion, Single Cask, Single Pot Still, 46%

An Fear Grinn – Dundalk’s Own Whiskey – have released some cracking independent bottles over the last few years.

Much appreciation to them for providing this latest pair for review.

As usual I cracked them open before reading up on what they were & my initial tasting notes are in italics.

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An Fear Grinn Tide’s In, 13 Year Old, Cask Strength, Single Cask, Single Grain, 57.8%

Gentle warm caramelly nose with hints of leathery depth, lovely mouth coating experience, gorgeous complexity of flavours come through on the finish, hints of smoke, oaky wood & a prickly excitement too.

Lovely!

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Gullion, Single Cask, Single Pot Still, 46%

Light, bright & fruity, gentle palate, mild mannered, easily accessible offering yet retains a depth of character & engaging attractiveness.

Nice!

Thoughts

All An Fear Grinn are presented non chill filtered & natural colour. It shows in the richness of flavours & joie-de-vivre of the delivery.

I was slightly taken aback on finding Tide’s In to be a 57.8% single grain matured in ex-bourbon & finished in oloroso. Nothing silent about this one & no need for water.

Gullion turned out to be a bourbon matured, rye finished single pot still – which explained the prickly dry spice I experienced on the finish. A novel approach to presenting a single pot still – which worked for me.

Both are delightful whiskey to sip, savour & enjoy. My palate leans towards the rather-too-easy-to-enjoy-at-cask-strength delights of Tide’s In – but yours might go the other way.

Either way – you’re in for a treat!

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An Fear Grinn, Móinteach, Single Malt, 46%

Having moved house during the pandemic this generous sample from the good people at An Fear Grinn almost went missing.

Móinteach time! c/othewhiskeynut

Luckily the new owners of my old abode kindly informed me of the package & it duly graced my happy hands.

What a delight it proved to be!

Móinteach – roughly translates as peaty – exhibited those lovely rich smokey aromas I adore.

Clean & clear – yet not overpowering.

The palate was milder & sweeter than nosing suggested.

Móinteach came alive on the finish for me.

A gorgeous drying out, tingling sensation – reminding me of the warm glow from the fading embers of a hearty fire wrapping me in it’s comforting embrace.

c/oCelticWhiskeyShop

Móinteach – my kinda whiskey!

Against The Grain, Peated Single Malt, Irish Whiskey, 46%

It’s Level 5 Lockdown.

You’re home from work & a little package has arrived.

Against The Grain Sample c/othewhiskeynut

Whiskey.

But not any whiskey.

Peated Irish Whiskey!

What else are you gonna do but crack it open!

Sample poured! c/othewhiskeynut

Gorgeously rich peat fire smoke permeates room.

An initial sweetness gradually transforms into the warm embrace of a well stacked turf hearth glowing brightly.

A touch of prickly spice dances merrily away on the long finish.

Sheer delight!

Against The Grain c/oWhiskeyFactor

Against The Grain is the latest release from independent bottler whiskeyfactor.com

Another stunner of a whiskey!

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