The Tyrconnell Irish whiskey brand has been on a tear of late, with a pair of fantastic single malts hitting in the last couple of years. Now the brand is stepping up the game again with another well-aged rarity from the emerald isle: The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish.
Per the company: “The only Irish whiskey of its kind on the market, this expression was aged for 16 years in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels before an additional maturation in wine casks from the Andalucia region of Southern Spain, which were initially seasoned with Oloroso sherry before a second seasoning with Moscatel wine.”
The results are impressive and unique and worth seeking out. The nose is evocative and unusual, instantly engaging with a lightly herbal quality that melds beautifully with the notes of golden syrup, roasted nuts, and gentle honey. It’s all prelude to a palate that pours on the flavor, kicking off with a sharp citrus character that’s followed by sandalwood and some vanilla caramel notes. A gently smoky quality, driven by the barrel time, is pervasive, giving the whiskey a toasty character that pairs nicely with its gentle creaminess.
The finish finds plenty of fresh herbs and a mixed bouquet of flowers and lingering brown sugar notes. There’s a citrus quality here that makes the finish — and the entire experience — very fresh and lively, and while the whiskey lacks the soulful richness common in the typical sherry-finished bottling, it makes up for it with complexity and vibrancy. Hard to put down.