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Kinnitty Castle Irish Whiskey, The Dapper, Blend, 43%

Popping into my local Carry Out for some last minute purchases – I couldn’t help noticing the new Irish Whiskey on the shelves.

2020 – despite COVID – has witnessed the continued growth of Irish Whiskey in terms of sales, diversity of brands and distilleries being built.

Never before has there been such a glorious out pouring of whiskey.

The Dapper in a tuath c/othewhiskeynut

Kinnitty Castle is one of those new players.

Based just down the road from me in County Offaly, Kinnitty Castle has plans for their own distillery built on the Castle grounds within the old stables.

In the meantime – a couple of sourced releases are on offer to establish the brand.

The Dapper caught my eye.

Haunted castle? c/othewhiskeynut

Sporting a rather suave looking skeleton bedecked in glasses, sharp suit & tumbler of uisce beatha on the go – it exudes an air of cheeky fun yet steeped in heritage.

Very dashing!

There’s a bit of cask information on the rear – but a thorough tasting is far more enjoyable.

Back info c/othewhiskeynut

It’s almost if drops of the skeleton’s blood have imbued The Dapper with a ruby glow.

Dark rich & heavy aromas of fruity plums reeled me in.

A full mouthfeel bursting with flavour deliciously cascaded over my palate.

Contrasting dry & spicy vanillas danced merrily away on a long lasting finish.

The combination of Chablis casks & Virgin Oak barrels brought out a delightful depth & captivating complexity to this characterful blend.

A cracking little combo to introduce Kinnitty Castle Irish Whiskey to the world.


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Seven Churches Irish Whiskey, Single Grain, 40%

I get a frisson of excitement welcoming every new Irish Whiskey released to market.

Each and everyone of them are further confirmation of the renewed growth, revitalised confidence & appreciation of the category.

7 Churches Whiskey c/othewhiskeynut

Seven Churches Irish Whiskey is of even greater appeal – it puts the historical significance of Clonmacnoise on the map & being only a half hour down the road from me – is truly local!

Back in 1405 a certain ‘Richard Magrannell died from taking a surfeit of aqua vitae,’ – as written in the Annuls Of Clonmacnoise – the earliest confirmed record attributed to the spirit that became whiskey.

Historic Clonmacnoise c/othewhiskeynut

Seven Churches has a bold & attractively designed bottle – adorned with an artists impression of the Clonmacnoise site itself & historical notes too.

600 years in the making! c/othewhiskeynut

Initially a good hearted spirity kick greeted me – followed by touches of caramel & a hint of star anise.

Rather unusual – but very engaging.

Very easy on the palate with a lovely warm embrace.

The long lasting finish brought out more star anise with a pleasant prickly spice dancing merrily away.

Overall quite a light & refreshing offering possessing a degree of character with intriguing & entertaining flavours.

Hat’s off to Seven Churches!