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.
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.
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.
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.
These 2 do the honours for the regions – Speyside for Scallywag & the Islands for Rock Oyster.
Made up of single malts sourced from distilleries within their regions, both are presented non chill filtered & after checking on the whiskey.de website – appear to be natural colour – despite Scallywag being noticeably darker.
A honeyed nose with a bit of depth.
Smooth & easy on the palate.
A touch of spice on the finish.
For someone that’s not generally into Speysiders – this is quite attractive.
Rock Oyster, 46.8%
A very gentle waft of seaweed. To be honest I was expecting more!
Light in colour – light on the palate – but it does open up on the finish with a comforting smoky fire by the seaside!
Both are easy going blended malts that only came alive on the finish for me.
Rock Oyster wins out – but I was a tad underwhelmed.
Whereas for a Speyside – Scallywag impressed.
The cheeky labeling & attractive presentation suitably entertained though & further exploration of the Douglas Laing stable is warranted.