I don’t know if 3 Counties Spirits have a back catalogue of Irish folk songs to name their whiskeys after – but I’m very happy to purchase this latest release – Irish Rover.
Having previously enjoyed the very well presented Galtee Mountain Boy Irish Whiskey from the same independent bottlers – Irish Rover differs in being ‘ a delicate blend of grain and malt Irish Whiskey’ – and is produced in ‘the South West of Ireland’ – which kind of narrows down the distillery to West Cork.
Irish Rover is also a response to the Minimum Unit Pricing – MUP – regime in place in Ireland.
I used to pick up 700ml bottles in the sub €20 category – now they’re all €22.09 minimum.
Going for 500ml bottles allows you to purchase sub €20 bottles again.
So how is Irish Rover Irish Whiskey to experience?
A no nonsense screw cap is cracked open to pour a light golden brown whiskey – no mention of added caramel or not – although Non Chill Filtered is stated.
A fairly shy nose – hints of vanilla & caramel with a touch of bready malt peeking through.
Easy on the palate. Smooth & mild.
A welcome growing heat develops on the rear – augmented by a flourish of almost gingery spice on the finish.
Really enjoyed this one!
That spicy finale endears Irish Rover to me.
Available in yer local Tesco!
3 Counties Spirit website here.
My blog on Galtee Mountain Boy Irish Whiskey here.
Tesco listing here.