All these tastings are conducted double blind. So there's no confusion, that means each participant receives 8 bottles simply labeled with a number; they know it's Irish but that's it.
The tasting panel spans drinkers who are hardcore bourbon and rye drinkers and those that dabble or delve into other whiskeys like Scotch or Irish.
Greenore comes from Cooley distillery and is the only single grain Irish Whiskey in production. BTI scored this one a 91-Exceptional. Additionally, this whiskey won a double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2008/2009 coupled with a best in class & gold medal at the 2009 IWSC. I chose this one due to the fact it was single grain and age stated.
Here's how the group rated this particular whiskey
|95-100 Classic Whiskey||0|
|90-94 Excellent Whiskey||1|
|85-89 Very Good, Above Average Whiskey||1|
|80-84 Average Whiskey||4|
|75-79 Fair Whiskey||2|
|74 and Under - Pass on This Whiskey||1|
Some comments from the panel:
"Very little flavor overall and would be a good drink for a non drinker. Taste like water."
"Does not really fit the profile I had of an Irish whiskey; I might had thought I was sampling a Canadian whiskey."
"Soft and creamy mouth feel but does not coat the palate. Tons of sweet fruit. Beautiful flavor that transitions very well front to back."
"This is my first go at Irish so I have no idea what this is but I wouldn't kick it off the bar."
"Clean and bright. Good flavor on entry that exhibits nut, fruit and a touch of citrus and honey"
The whiskey is available in most retail that carry a broad base of whiskies. Comes in 750ml bottle and runs about $45. For those that like bruiser pours, this one isn't it. If you can appreciate a finer more delicate dram, this one may please.