Review: Clontarf Classic Blend Irish Whiskey (2009)

Review: Clontarf Classic Blend Irish Whiskey (2009)

clontarf-irish-whiskeyNamed after a famous battle in Ireland (the one in which King Boru, another bit of history that’s become a liquor brand, died), Clontarf produces two Irish whiskeys, a blend and a single malt.

Here’s the blend, which is a perfectly acceptable Irish, a light honey and butterscotch spirit that goes down with minimal fuss. The finish is short, with a toffee-like dessert quality, but not overwhelmingly sweet.

No complaints here, but there’s not a whole lot of surprise in the glass. Maybe that’s a good thing for folks who like their whiskey easygoing and super-consistent. At 24 bucks a bottle, it’s hard to complain, but other solid Irish bottlings cost even less.

80 proof. Also known as Clontarf Black Label.


Clontarf Classic Blend Irish Whiskey (2009)





  1. Anon 1:50 on November 29, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Meaning no disrespect, I must disagree with your assessment of Clontarf.

    I was struck by the harsh, hot nature of the alcohol itself, as though a particularly unscrupulous moonshiner had boosted his output with way too much sugar and a handful of oat bran to add some “flavor”.

    Charcoal filtering and bourbon barrels may be what the company claims, but I am reasonably certain that I could produce the same flavor profile with diet coke syrup and liquid smoke in a measure of Mohawk vodka. Toffee? No. Maybe burnt Twizzlers.

    I found the smokiness odd and inappropriate in an Irish whiskey and felt that it ruined a nice cup of coffee when I tried to find use for this stuff.

    Frankly, this is one to be avoided. Even if your taste runs to whiskey sours, whiskey and coke or sticking a rag in a bottle, lighting it, and hurling it at the barricades.

    You can do better.

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