The COVID pandemic has highlighted the shocking amount of booze I’ve accumulated – as well as the opportunity to enjoy it!
Black Donkey’s Double Barrel was today’s choice.
Wow – it’s lively!
Immediately frothing over!
I’d to wait a while before a lovely red hue settled.
Now I know rye can be a temperamental grain to work with in distilling – is it the same for brewing?
A welcome dry maltiness greeted me offering that sweet biscuity aroma I associate with rye ale.
This followed through on the palate – which wasn’t overly carbonated – before deeper, darker notes of molasses from the whiskey barrel ageing gave an earthy solidity to the lighter rye experience.
Elements of farmhouse saison – which Black Donkey excel in – were evident.
I’m growing to love barrel aged ryes.
Black Donkey’s Double Barrel certainly hit the right notes for me!
I always get a frisson of excitement entering a bar & finding some rare or discontinued whiskey on the shelves.
It’s a chance to sample & taste a fleeting timepiece of the larger whiskeysphere with ever changing bottles on offer.
Keenan’s of Tarmonbarry – a popular dining spot on the banks of the mighty River Shannon just inside the County Roscommon border – happened to be the bar.
Teeling 21 Year Old Vintage Reserve happened to be the whiskey.
The nose was suitably rich, filled with dark fruitiness & slightly drying woody tannins.
A gorgeously smooth entry developed with sweet yet deep & dark fruity notes which gently morphed into a soft dry spiciness followed by wonderfully woody drying tannins & oaky opulence.
The dark sweetness, gentle spice & dry tannins complemented each other as they slowly ebbed away on the palate to my great satisfaction.
A fabulous find in a delightfully enjoyable establishment.