I first started hearing about Natterjack Whiskey about 2 years ago.
Such are the lead in times to get a brand to market – let alone building a distillery in Kilmacthomas, County Waterford.
Keen to try out this newcomer to Irish Whiskey – but conscious I’d break the bank buying every bottle – a bar was found.
P Mac’s in Dublin’s city centre suited my needs perfectly.
A tempting stock of whiskey had me wavering – but a short window of opportunity between 2 appointments meant I only had time to kiss the toad!
I’ve enjoyed the marketing behind this brand.
It’s fresh, it’s novel and it’s exciting.
The Natterjack toad motif on the bottle is also eye catching – but what of the liquid inside?
A distinctively ‘sweet & sour’ mix on the nose.
It’s a note new to Irish Whiskey – but one I’ve encountered before – mainly on young corn whiskeys from America. That is whiskey containing at least 80% corn in the mash bill – according to US rules.
As Natterjack is an Irish Whiskey – US rules don’t apply – and it would be called a blend here.
It’s an easy going smooth whiskey on tasting. The ‘sweet & sour’ is less prominent – but still there – before a softly growing spiciness dries out the silky barley.
The peppery spice attractively lingers on the palate at the finish.
It’s definitely a new flavour profile for Irish Whiskey.
Natterjack is bold, innovative & enticing.
Despite not fully setting my tastebuds alight – I wholeheartedly welcome this exciting new entrant into the growing market.
I look forward to the future development of this brand – along with the distillery in Kilmacthomas – and wish the Natterjack success!