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.