We’ve looked at Michael Collins’ blended Irish before, and now we turn our attention to the distillery’s single malt, presumably a higher class of spirit and one which is winning lots of awards these days in spirits competitions.
On first blush, I found Collins’ single malt hotter than expected, with a distinct alcohol kick at first sip. Drinking it in, you’ll find serious malt the primary characteristic here, backed up with orange and sweet honey notes. Unlike most Irish whiskey, this one uses barley dried over peat smoke fires, giving it a lightly smoky touch, though it’s not really in the forefront of the whiskey. It’s quite a different experience than the blend, which is more stereotypically “Irish” in its composition.
Still, on the whole, this single malt is not overly complicated, despite being aged eight to 12 years in oak, though it’s nonetheless easily drinkable once you get past that initial blast of heat.
B+ / $40 / michaelcollinswhiskey.com