Reader Alex Trembley turned me on to 2 Gingers in the middle of 2012, and finally we’ve been able to track down a bottle of this Irish Whiskey to review. Why the trouble? It’s only sold in Minnesota… at least for now.
The name 2 Gingers connotes spicy, ginger beer-laced drinks, but the moniker has nothing to do with the aromatic root. In reality, the name refers to redheads, the kind of folk which are in heavy supply in 2 Gingers’ homeland of Ireland.
As an example of Irish, 2 Gingers is certainly a solid expression, if unchallenging. Aged for four years, it has a nice, pleasant gold color to it, and a traditional, lightly malty nose that any Irish drinker will find instantly recognizable. The body is extremely light, a match for the pale color. It’s one of the mildest Irish whiskeys I can recall tasting in recent years, which makes it very easy to drink, but a little short on character. Compared to bolder Irish, 2 Gingers is lacking the chewy body and bold vanilla character that you can get with this spirit. What it offers instead is a delicate whiskey that offers malt, a touch of orange, some honey, and a lightly sweet finish that quickly fades away.
For those looking for it-goes-down-easy shots or a fairly neutral base for a cocktail, 2 Gingers is tough to beat. For serious drinking (Irish or otherwise), it doesn’t have quite enough backbone for my tastes.
80 proof. Recently acquired by Beam.
B+ / $20 / 2gingerswhiskey.com