Greenore 18 Year Old Single Grain Irish Whiskey
46% ABV/92 Proof
$100 to $120
Available in select markets
What the Distillery Says:
The Greenore 18 Year Old is the oldest bottling of an Irish single grain whiskey in the world. It follows on from the highly successful Greenore 15 Year Old which was voted the World’s Best Single Grain at the IWSC in 2009 and 2010.
This small batch bottling has been limited to just 4000 bottles; it has no chill filtration and is bottled at 46% alcohol by volume.
By using modern distilling techniques, Ireland’s only independent Irish whiskey distillery has created a whole new expression of Irish whiskey. With the smoothest, sweetest taste of an style of Irish whiskey, we feel this will make it accessible to a whole new generation of Irish whiskey consumers.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Fresh cut hay and honeysuckle. With water it leans toward roasted oats and a hint of cinnamon and bananas. There is also something floral like cherry blossoms but not quite as sweet.
Palate: Citrus notes and an antiseptic quality. With water is opens up nicely to a more buttery, creamy, and sweeter palate.
Finish: Crisp, dry and short by itself. If you add water it actually intensifies the antiseptic quality on the finish but also makes it hang around for a while.
Comments: I’m always rooting for grain whiskey in the same way I do for blends. I feel they aren’t appreciated and maybe not understood as fully as they should be. Greenore 18 leaves me in a quandary. It has a lovely nose all around but the palate blossoms with water and finish shines more without water. I’m sure there’s a perfect ratio of water out there somewhere but I just haven’t found it. I think it stands out but with a caveat. Among grain whiskeys it is a standout and being Irish it’s also something of a curiosity. However, I do think it is a slightly unbalanced drinking experience that would move it more toward average on the spectrum of all whiskeys. That said, it is worth a try if you’re will to understand and appreciate it for what it is.
Rating: Stands Out
What Matt Says:
Matt has not had a chance to try this whiskey yet.
We want to thank Cooley for providing us with review samples.