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Egan’s 10-Year Old Irish Single Malt Review

Producer: Egan’s. Distiller: Cooley. ABV: 46%. Age: 10 years. Price: $55.

Egan’s Irish Single Malt caught my attention at an epic St. Patrick’s Day tasting hosted by Josh of The Whiskey Jug. Epic in this case meant about 60 bottles–all Irish–that Josh broke out for the occasion. It wasn’t easy to stand out in that crowd, but Egan’s did.

I learned more about the brand in a very pleasant chat with John Ralph, who launched Egan’s in 2014 (together with Mad March Hare Poitin, about which more soon) with a school friend named John Egan. Ralph brought 17 years in the booze business as a distributor and importer; Egan brought six generations of family distilling heritage.

To launch the single malt while their distilling was ramping up, the two chose the tried and true method of sourcing from the Cooley Distillery–where other young Irish brands like Hyde and The Quiet Man come from as well.

Not all of Cooley’s sourced malt is of equal quality, but what Egan’s got their hands on is first-rate.

The nose has that familiar coppery tang of Redbreast or Green Spot, then peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. A little Chardonnay winey-ness late on. Substantial palate with golden raisins, candied lemon and lime, and mild white pepper. Great oily texture. Finish is vinous and drying with a pleasant hint of that winey bitterness from the nose.

Very satisfying. John Ralph tells me a no-age-statement malt and blended whiskey are on the way in the near future. Irish fans, be on the lookout.

Sláinte, friends! – BO

Egan’s graciously provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.

Hyde Irish Whiskey Review

Distiller: Cooley. Producer: Hyde. ABV: 46%. Age: 10 years. Price: $70.

The Hyde Irish Whiskey President’s Cask No. 1 is one of two very recent releases from the very new Hibernia Distillers in West Cork. No. 1 is a sherry finish, No. 2 a rum finish, and both start with a 10-year-old single malt sourced from the Cooley Distillery while Hibernia waits for its own stocks to mature. Sound familiar? It’s the Irish equivalent of American craft whiskey makers like Smooth Ambler releasing MGP stocks to bring in revenue until they’re ready to bottle their own.

I was eager to try this, having a soft spot in my heart for Cork after a memorable summer there during my college years. How is it? The nose is lovely, with the sherry coming through like an Old Fashioned cocktail with a singed blood orange rind. The palate is pleasantly malty but oddly quick.

The trouble comes on the finish: tarry with a touch of sulphur that goes on and on. I love a long finish–but not a sulphuric one. With enough time, the bitterness dissipates a bit, but not entirely. A shame after so promising a beginning. Still, I’d be curious to try the rum cask, which I’ve heard good things about.

Cheers, friends! -BO

Hyde graciously provided a sample for review, and the photo above is from Hyde’s Instagram page. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.