Irish whisky is back in full swing. This is the oldest whiskey from the Emerald Isle that has been bottled by Selim from Chapter 7 till date. It is a single malt matured in a rum cask for 16 years and is bottled at cask strength. It's definitely worth a try to compare it with the previous bourbon and sherry cask matured Irish single malts for a complete Chapter 7 experience!
Identity Card Chapter 7 Irish Single Malt 1999
- Undisclosed distillery, Ireland
- Bottled by Chapter 7
- 16yo single malt
- 57.3% ABV
- Natural colour & un-chillfiltered
- Rum cask #5409
Tasting notesColour: The whiskey is as yellow as barley in summer. A dram that leaves thin and fast legs on your glass.
Nose: Rum and raisins up front. A basket of sweet and spicy apples and grapes sprinkled with cognac. Vanilla brioche with raisins. At 16 years old it preserved a youthful flavour that can be recognized as nail polish and sweet rye. Nic-nac biscuits and a shot of spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and rock or palm sugar. Vanilla pudding with a cookie crumb.
Water can only temper the spicy character a bit. Peppers glazed with honey from the oven. Spiced meat. Sweet and spicy flavours are nicely balanced with an added touch of liquorice.
Taste: Easy with the sip! Baking spices with cinnamon in the lead and raisins. Banana and peppers. There’s a nice contrast between the light mouthfeel and peppery flavours. A spicy whiskey with a sharp edge that never bores.
Water gives way to banana and melon. The strong pepper and cinnamon notes still shine through. Some time in the glass releases subtle woody flavours.
Finish: The aftertaste is surprisingly light on the tongue with a touch of vanilla.
Price: €128 (Figee.ch)
Not bad, this Irish single malt. Maybe a bit too spicy to my liking, but I'm sure the fans of rum matured or finished whiskeys are going to appreciate this single cask.Disclosure: A review sample was sent to me by Chapter 7. Opinions stated (good or bad) above are of course my own.
Source and pictures: Chapter 7