But The Galtee Mountain Boy Irish Whiskey made the journey to Paeder’s Bar in Moate, County Westmeath.
Attractively packaged in a ceramic bottle proudly displaying an old photograph of young volunteers made it stand out on the spirits shelve.
A blend of single grain, single malt & single pot still Irish Whiskey matured in ex-bourbon casks & given a finish in extra charred casks The Galtee Mountain Boy displays a soft caramely nose with a touch of toffee.
Warm mouthfeel with sweet vanilla & darker, richer notes giving some body to the table.
Finishes with a flourish of spice.
An easy yet characterful little number imbued with a rich historical legacy.
With prices for whiskey going ever upwards – and punters bidding for bottles at eye-watering figures – I can’t but draw similarities to the Dublin housing market.
A market that is excluding the ordinary buyer who is effectively being priced out by speculators with larger pockets who appear to neither live in – nor drink their purchases.
Thank goodness for Aldi entering the market like a breath of fresh air!
Let’s go Aldi Way – to rehash a song.
Aldi have released a quality Irish Single Malt at an affordable price – throughout their Irish stores at least.
It’s not just any old malt either.
It’s from one of the new breed of Irish whiskey companies that are throwing up new faces, new flavours & new styles into the market.
I eagerly queued up to purchase my bottle of Tipperary Watershed Single Malt.
It’s a sourced malt – whilst Tipperary Boutique Distillery plough on with plans to build a distillery on their own farm that provides the water to cut this whiskey down to a pleasing 47% ABV – and will provide the barley for future releases.
The colour is a pale gold with decent legs on show.
A fresh, lively, slightly metallic nose with hints of vanilla greets you.
A lovely warming mouthfeel pulls you in with more vanilla & caramel from the bourbon cask maturation.
There’s some enjoyable warming heat towards the finish which goes a pleasingly long way with the higher ABV presentation delivering a satisfying prickly sensation on the palate.
A great introductory malt from the Tipperary Boutique Distillery.
And a great single malt to pick up whilst doing your weekly shopping.
I commend both Tipperary Boutique Distillery and Aldi for pushing the Irish Whiskey category forward.