Hyde ‘No. 1 President’s Cask’ 10 Year Old – 46% abv
Info: Hyde comes from Hibernia Distilleries and is a single malt Irish whiskey from West Cork. It’s made from 100% malted Irish barley and matured in first fill bourbon and then finished in Oloroso sherry casks. Non-chill filtered. 5000 bottles.
Colour: Summer gold.
Nose: A nice mix of things on the nose, great to keep you smelling. There’s almost slight peaty whiffs, malt, some mossy oak notes, slight overripe fruits, stewed autumn berries and hints of a metallic nature. There’s a creamy vanilla custard there too.
Palate: A thick oily mouthfeel which is fairly easy going on your palate, there’s a small pinch of spices, medium sweetness with those stewed berries leading the way and the cream there too.
Finish: The finish is gentle and rich, it builds to a warming and fairly long lasting end.
Thoughts: Very enjoyable and good quality, a nice mix of casks in the vatting which leads to a dram that seems to drink a little older than it’s actual age. I usually pick Scottish whisky over Irish whiskey (not sure why), but this is every bit as good! Give it a whirl.
Available: Master of Malt – £50.88 (3cl samples available at time of posting)
Thanks to Hyde for the sample.