The latest launch from the group is a non-chill-filtered blend of malt and grain whiskies that have been aged in Bourbon casks.
Irish whiskey has seen a resurgence over the last few years as more and more cracking expressions are released, and the distilleries are booming with many looking top open over the next few years. One that has caught my eye lately though is new to the market for 2015, The Dublin Liberties Oak Devil.
The name is inspired by the Liberties area of Dublin – a part of the city known as simply as ‘Hell’ during the 18th century. Legend has it that an oak-carved devil once stood watch over the entrance to the Liberties but disappeared after some time and according to legendary tales, the carving was made into whiskey barrels “its dark power subsuming and infusing the maturing spirit”.
Developed by First Ireland Spirits, who are behind another recent release in The Dubliner, The Dublin Liberties Oak Devil is a double-distilled malt and grain whiskey, which it is then aged in bourbon casks for an undisclosed length of time.
But how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –
The Dublin Liberties Oak Devil – 46%
Soft notes of oak, with underlining hints of dark stone fruits such as blackberry and cherry on the nose. The palate enjoys soft caramel, Christmas cake with sultana and raisins. A rich, warm honey develops for a lingering finish.
An interesting dram from the Irish, and one that would work perfectly as we draw closer to the winter evenings. Grab a bottle and see how the night takes you. Just don’t slip into the abyss . . . . .
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