Irish Whiskey 2019

Irish Whiskey - 2019


The Fifty Best Irish Whiskey Tasting 2019


The Tasting: The Fifty Best held a "blind" tasting of Irish whiskies with seventeen members of our spirits judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the whiskies were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded for this tasting. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The distilleries and alcohol proofs are identified for each brand.



Pearse Irish Whiskey
The Original

(Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin, Ireland)
Blended Irish Whiskey   84 prf

Aroma: Butterscotch, creamy, buttery, caramel, vanilla, honey, sultanas, peach, apricot, banana, citrus, orange, cinnamon, cardamom, spices, nutmeg, rye, brine, peaty, sherry.

Palate: Vanilla, creamy, burnt marshmallow, honey, sweet cereal, wheat, rye, grain, hints of coffee with cream, mocha, citrus, lemon peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, allspice, spicy, pepper, black pepper, briny, salty, smoky, light oak, light wood, oaky, cedar, smooth.

Finish: Caramel, vanilla, orange, malt, grain, kelp, mint, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, fenugreek, spice, peat, smoky, oaky, light oak, balanced, soft, savory, nice finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Pearse Irish Whiskey The Original



The Dubliner Irish Whiskey
Bourbon Cask Aged

(Dublin, Ireland)
Aged min. 3 yrs.   80 prf

Aroma: Caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, buttery, creamy, vanilla, honey, dates, raisins, banana bread, orange zest, orange peel, Grand Marnier, faint lemon, orange blossom, floral, malt, light toast, coffee, peat, oak.

Palate: Cherry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, currants, well-integrated fruit, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cardamom, oak, smooth, balanced.

Finish: Caramel, toffee, vanilla, honey, peach, cherry, white grape, lemon, orange rind, orange cream, citrus, ginger, hazelnut, nutmeg, mild clove, biscuit, salty, peaty, woody, pine, soft, smooth, mellow.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

The Dubliner Irish Whiskey Bourbon Cask Aged

Pearse Irish Whiskey
Distiller’s Choice

(Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin, Ireland)
Blend of 7 Irish Whiskies.   84 prf

Aroma: Caramel, sugarcane, maple, vanilla, honey, dates, banana bread, orange Pez, green apple, sour apple, lemon, white grape, floral, toasted canella, cinnamon, allspice, clove, iodine, musty, wood, cedar, oaky, sherry, rum, savory.

Palate: Vanilla, honey, toasted marshmallows, cream soda, dried fruit, orange marmalade, orange peel, citrus, wheat, malty, almond, allspice, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, smoked spice, baking spices, spicy, black pepper, white pepper, peppery, salty, iodine, leather, woody, cedar, oak, sherry, smooth creamy sherry with a hint of campfire, warms you up inside, mellow, great for a cold night in front of fire.

Finish: Chocolate, honey, apricot, soft tropical fruits, citrus, spiced apple juice, clove, white pepper, pepper, grain, leather, malt, musty, peaty, light smoke, woody, cedar, oak, soft, very smooth, bright, flavourful, awesome.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Pearse Irish Whiskey Distiller’s Choice

Hyde No. 5
The Aras Cask Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Burgundy Cask Finish

(Hibernia Distillers, County Cork, Ireland)
Triple Distilled, Non-Chill Filtered.   92 prf

Aroma: Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, light cream, marzipan, chocolate cherry, honey, tropical fruits, light orange, dried fruit, popcorn, perfume, oaky, crisp.

Palate: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, treacle, buttery, creamy, creamy vanilla, marmalade, pear, strong orange peel, ginger, apricot pit, raisins, grassy, allspice, clove, sweet spice, spicy, white pepper, malt, wood, oak, cedar, aged whiskey, moonshine, oloroso sherry.

Finish: Caramel, treacle, creamy vanilla, honey, citrus, almond, clove, nutmeg, allspice, spice, white pepper, light pepper, woody, iodine, moonshine, balanced, nice, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Hyde No. 5 The Aras Cask Single Grain Irish Whiskey

Lambay Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Finished in Cognac Casks

(West Cork Distillers, County Cork & Lambay Island, Ireland)
Triple Distilled.   80 prf

Aroma: Toffee, sweet, cream, maple syrup, vanilla, papaya, green apple, red apple skins, lime, lemon, citrus, orange peel, spice-infused fruit, floral, perfume, almond, malt, cloves, anise, spice, musty, peaty, iodine, barrel wood, bright.

Palate: Smooth caramel, creamy, nougat, vanilla, honey, Juicy Fruit Gum, sweet pears, peaches, citrus, orange peel, orange zest, eucalyptus, caraway, rye, tarragon, clove, nutmeg, anise, spice, black pepper, malty, sweet cedar wood, woody, aged wood whiskey, well-balanced, smooth.

Finish: Vanilla, toasted sugar, honey, dark fruits, sweet orange, floral, rye, menthol, tarragon, caraway, clove, cinnamon, canella, spicy, woody, controlled alcohol, warm, clean, soft, smooth, interesting.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Lambay Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Pearse Irish Whiskey
Founder’s Choice

(Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin, Ireland)
12 yr old single malt whiskey.   84 prf

Aroma: Treacle, cream, mocha, honey, tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, dates, pear, citrus, lemon, lemon drop, orange, orange peel, dried orange peel, floral, flowers, roses, grassy, almond skin, caraway seed, clove, anise, spice, leather, briny, woody, new wood, cedar, oak, sherry.

Palate: Caramel syrup, 80% cocoa, creamy, crème brulee, maple syrup, vanilla, honey, sweet apricot, tropical fruit, pears, citrus, orange peel, ginger, floral, tea, dill, caraway, cinnamon, clove, allspice, pepper, malt, wood, pine, oak, smooth, rich, zesty, great.

Finish: Butterscotch, bittersweet caramel, chocolate, malt, mild orange, ginger, anise, wintergreen, leafy, canella, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, tarragon, spicy, white pepper, sharp pepper, smoky, wood, balanced, smooth, pleasant zing/zest.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Pearse Irish Whiskey Founder’s Choice


Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey
(The Connacht Whiskey Company, County Mayo, Ireland)
Triple Distilled.   86 prf

Aroma: Caramel, creamy toffee, sweet cream butter, creamy treacle, chocolate, cocoa, cane sugar, honey, vanilla, lemon, citrus, floral tones, magnolia, dried leaves, sharp dry herb, nutty, toast, wood, rum.

Palate: Toffee, caramel, sweet rum, cocoa, sugarcane, prickly pear, apricot, red berry, dried fruit, dried floral petals, tea, mint, licorice, bitter herbs, grain, coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, spice, pepper, pickle, gunpowder, iodine, mineral, root, woody, oak, cherry brandy, smooth, savory, interesting, filled with surprises.

Finish: Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, raisins, dried fruit, minty, wheat, cinnamon, bitter cardamom, lightly spicy, peppered, tannic, bitter oak, clean, wonderful finish, leaves me wanting more.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey

Hyde No. 6
President’s Reserve Irish Whiskey
1938 Commemorative Edition, Sherry Cask Finish

(Hibernia Distillers, County Cork, Ireland)
Triple Distilled, Non-chill Filtered.   92 prf

Aroma: Caramel, toffee, chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla cream, whipped cream, cookie cream, cookie batter, apricot, banana, raisins, floral, spearmint, toasted nuts, almond, nutty, coffee grounds, cardamom, woody, cedar, sweet madeira, sweet sherry.

Palate: Caramel, creamy, dark chocolate, dried apricot, dried pineapple. dried fruit, dates, orange juice, grapefruit juice, floral, eucalyptus, grass, almonds, nutmeg, allspice, spice, black pepper, malt, tobacco, bitter root, briny, oak, woody, wood barrel, sweet madeira, robust, savory, luscious mouthfeel.

Finish: Caramel, chocolate, toasted marshmallows, dates, dried fruit, malt, dried eucalyptus, mint, spicy, peppery, musty, rustic, briny, maritime, heavy oak, woody.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Hyde No. 6 President’s Reserve Irish Whiskey




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