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Blackadder A Drop of the Irish

A couple of weeks back I tried my first whisky from the UK-based independent bottler Blackadder. A family run affair since 1995, Blackadder was founded by Robin Tucek, whose mantra: "Cask is King!" guides the company's practice of bottling single cask whiskies at full strength without colouring or filtration. 

Among the several product lines within the company's portfolio, "A Drop of the Irish," is the sole release dedicated exclusively to bottling single cask Irish single malt whiskeys. The name of the distillery is kept a mystery and, while an age statement may appear on some releases, the one I tried was non age-stated. 

It did however contain other interesting information; the one I sampled was bottle number 43 of 286 and was bottled in May 2015 at 60.4% ABV from a hogshead cask. 

Nose: Fresh cut apples and pears, caramelized bananas, sweet malty vanilla and a light note of toasted wood.

Palate: At full strength, it's full-bodied with an almost creamy texture. Big, "fancy" fruit salad flavours of mandarin oranges, caramelized bananas along with apples and pears drizzled in waxy honey. 

Finish: Medium long and fruity with loads of honey and a touch a oaky vanilla. 


Recent Comments

  • Craig commented on Stalk & Barrel Single Malt Canadian Whisky:

    I don't think you're looking at a problematic cask; Stalk and Barrel is just a sad malt whisky. My own bottle is from cask 14 and is still 80% full after about 3 years. It suffers all the problems you've identified here.

    I hate bashing a small producer, but dollar for dollar Still Waters just doesn't match what bigger, older, more experienced houses create.

  • Ryan commented on Ezra Brooks 7 Year Old:

    Yikes! What a jump in price!? In the meantime, I hope this flies under the radar but then again once the new version of Ezra is widely released I don't doubt that the LCBO will take full advantage and jack up the price....

    I think you might see price increases in the near future on bourbon across the board in the LCBO as Canada's retaliatory tariffs on bourbon to US tariffs on Canadian steel really kick-in. Once existing bourbon stock is depleted at the LCBO and they need to re-stock I bet we'll see the entire category bumped up a few dollars.

  • Ryan commented on Forty Creek Heart of Gold:

    Wow! I thought they'd all been drunk by now. Thanks for the heads-up Dennis.

    Xmas is just around the corner so who knows - you may get a bite from someone looking to give "their" Dennis a special bottle! :)

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