The Irishman Founder's Reserve Caribbean Rum Cask Finish (750ml)

SKU #1393600

2018 Gold Medal Winner - Best Irish Single Cask Whiskey, Irish Whiskey Awards. 70% Single Malt and 30% Single Pot Still From the producer: "Nose: Exotic Rum, apricots and summer fruit/ Taste: Avalanche of tropical fruits and vibrant spices Finish: Fig, banana and oak spices Intermingle in a spectacular Caribbean twist. The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Caribbean Cask Finish, takes Irish whiskey and finishes it for six months in ex-rum barrels from St. Lucia Distillers. The story behind this bottling more specifically is that Walsh Whiskey founder, Bernard Walsh, made a trip in 2014 to the island of Saint Lucia in the West Indies in search of rum casks for a special release. He handpicked 12 oak casks and aged in them St. Lucia Distillers’ Chairman’s Reserve Rum for a minimum of two years from 2015. The casks were subsequently brought to Ireland in the autumn of 2017 and used for the finishing project."

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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2019 | Send Email
Mix it up this St. Patty's Day with a splendid cask finish on your Irish whisky. Only 12 barrels were put into this unique finishing program from The Irishman. We managed to snag a portion of Cask# 8477 which yielded only 380 bottles at 46%ABV. The rum cask finish is remarkably clear and inviting. The whisky itself, being majority single malt, stands up beautifully to the robust caribbean notes of molasses, fruit, a touch of salinity. The delicacy of Irish whisky is easy to lose when finishing it in unusual barrels, but everything comes together here in perfect harmony. The whisky isn't overwhelmed, but complemented by the rum cask. A great achievement in a category that is loaded with lackluster cask finished bottles.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/19/2019 | Send Email
It's always nice to get excited by something new in the Irish Whiskey category. This is the Irishman's second release in their Founder's Reserve specialty cask series. It spends its initial maturation in bourbon casks before moving to rum casks from Saint Lucia. The rum influence is very apparent on the nose offering molasses and briny scents. Pretty soon, nut-filled nougat comes out strong along with cocoa powder. The rum influence comes back with a force as notes of ripe banana and other tropical fruits. The palate adds zippy spice and dried leather elements to the mix, and that rum barrel Just Won't Quit! The fruit, brine, and molasses stay strong all the way to the finish in this exceptional dram.

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Alcohol Content (%): 46