Barr an Uisce Wicklow Rare Small Batch Blended Irish Whiskey (700ml)
“Barr an Uisce” meaning “above the water” in old Irish, is also the name of a town in eastern Ireland’s Wicklow County. Wicklow Rare is a sourced blend composed of 80 percent grain whiskey and 20 percent 10-year old single malt matured in bourbon barrels for four years and finished in Oloroso sherry casks for six months. It comes non chill filtered and bottled at 43% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Care for a small batch, bourbon-matured blend with a 20% malt content finished for 6 months in oloroso sherry casks? Thought so. Clementine, ripe plum, and a firm, peeled-banana nose with vanilla, warm citrus, banana, raisins, and base notes of peppery spice. There’s plenty of structure and complexity on this well-balanced blend, which ebbs away with red fruits and strawberry bubblegum. Continuously juicy, with a butter toffee and white pepper finish. 87 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Jonny McCormick 2016
84.5 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2017
Notes from the producers... Pale gold in color. Aromas of vanilla, honey and baked fruits (confit). Very smooth entry and then expansive with a mouth coating, oily texture. Mid palate shows a nuttiness and warmth with hints of raisin and plum. Long, clean finish with subtle marmalade notes and caramel. The Wicklow Blend is as mysterious as the ancient mountains that this blended Irish Whiskey is named for.