Review: Greenore Single Grain Irish Whiskey 8 Years Old


This single-grain whiskey is distilled at Cooley from a mash of 95% corn and 5% malted barley. Sound familiar? It’s the same whiskey as Teeling Single Grain, only Teeling is aged in wine barrels, while Greenore spends its eight years in bourbon casks.

The difference is striking. The richness and sweet vanilla of Teeling is harder to peg in the Greenore, which lets the grain do more of the talking here. Ripe banana starts things off, then more intense oatmeal/cereal notes rise to the top. The nose is especially redolent of corn meal and tortillas, with a dusting of marshmallow sweetness. Frosted Flakes? The finish is warm but soothing, with some peppery notes to balance out an echo of grain character.

Bottom line: This is the starting point for Irish single grain… or probably any single grain for that matter. Compare and contrast.

80 proof.

B+ / $45 /

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2 Responses

  1. Christopher Null April 27, 2015 / 8:16 am

    I don’t think they are changing the name. Kilbeggan Single Grain is a new product for travel retail (though it sure does look to be the exact same thing as Greenore). Greenore is still going to be around as far as I can tell.

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