An invite to the Brand Ambassador Tasting at the fabulous Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder in Killarney transpired into a highly enjoyable & eminently entertaining evening.
I’d encountered all the Irish Whiskey selection before – yet it was wonderful to enjoy them again in such engaging company.
Celtic Casks 29, Single Cask, Single Malt, 46%
A dignified, complex & well balanced ‘traditional’ single cask – ex-bourbon maturation & sherry finishing.
Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye, 43%
The return of rye to Irish Whiskey! Softly spoken and pleasant. Lacking character for my palate.
Kilbeggan Single Pot Still, 43%
A Technical File compliant SPS. The oats add a creamy smoothness contrasting with the spicy finish.
Powers 1817, 46%
An underrated gem of an Single Pot Still. Always pleased to encounter this gorgeous whiskey.
Powers John’s Lane, 46%
The flagship bearer of the Powers core range. Soon to sport it’s controversial new livery!
Celtic Cask 25, 46%
A thoroughly enjoyable young & feisty peater with additional PX Cask finishing. Loving it.
Hard to pick a winner. All excellent in their own way. For sheer exuberance I think CC25 has it!
Oh – there were 2 American offerings.
I’ll get to them later.
My thanks to all at Celtic Whiskey Bar for their warm hospitality.