Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Concannon Irish Whiskey: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Venturing back to the Republic of Ireland, Concannon Irish Whiskey presents itself in traditional Irish fashion: smooth and pleasant.  On the nose the whiskey has a fruitness like a mild wine with a hint of smoke and the aroma of grains.  On the tongue the smoke comes through again.  The oak is rather strong, but the whiskey remains smooth.  It would be very nice with a cigar while relaxing on an Irish hillside by a loch.  Concannon is certainly a unique Irish whiskey.  In an interesting touch, Concannon actually owns and operates a vineyard and winery in Ireland.  Their whiskey is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and then blended with malt whiskey that is aged in their own used wine barrels.  Perhaps that's where the extra oak and fruitness comes from!

Concannon Irish Whiskey

Average Score 76.0

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Eric DucoteBrenton Day, and Charles Pierce. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.

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