I used to fly.
Probably won’t be doing it for a while now.
One enjoyable pastime at the airport was sampling whiskey.
JFK had a pair of Beams not previously encountered.
The Black Extra Aged sported an attractive enough bottle.
‘Black’ is often used in whiskey circles to denote a more refined, aged or even mysterious elixir.
I was happy to explore.
It came across quite soft & sweet – but with an appreciatively appealing bite too.
The Signature Craft 12 Year Old displayed a more rounded & smoother feel – lacking the youthful exuberance of it’s stablemate.
Black won out.
My final bottle of Irish Whiskey – from my American market only trio – is Kavanagh Irish Whiskey.
They release a range of attractively labelled whiskeys. Namely a Blend, a Single Malt, a Single Grain and a 16 Year Old Single Malt – all at 40% ABV – or 80 Proof in America.
This NAS (non age statement) Single Malt made it back to Ireland for me to sample.
The distillery of origin is not stated and Kavanagh seem to be a store brand for Total Wine & More – from where it was purchased.
The nose was soft & fruity – almost orchard like – with hints of honey.
The palate started off suitably smooth – yet gradually built up with warming vanilla & caramel leaving a welcome soft tingling spice on the finish.
A very easy & approachable single malt. Relatively simple with no great complexity or depth – but for the price point it delivers an enjoyable experience.
I’d happily go on to sample the other Kavanagh Whiskeys based on my findings.