The Quiet Man has plenty to shout about
Facebook: The Quiet Man – Irish Whiskey
It is a particularly apt time to be sitting down sipping a dram of The Quiet Man as the distillery is in the midst of an exciting new build.
Based in Derry/Londonderry (or Stroke City as it was famously dubbed by the late radio presenter Gerry Anderson), it was announced just this week that the local council had fully approved plans – exactly as per submitted design – for the The Quiet Man Craft Distillery in Ebrington. Just click on the link and it’ll take you to the distillery’s Facebook page where there’s a short video showing the work to date. It’s well worth a watch.
Like many, when I first became aware of The Quiet Man, I thought it was named after the fantastic movie of the same name, which was set in Ireland and starred John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Not so.
The Quiet Man is not in reference to John Wayne, but John Mulgrew, father of distillery managing director Ciaran Mulgrew. On both the bottle and the website, Ciaran explains why:
My father was a bartender who worked for over 50 years in bars around Belfast.
Sometimes he would bring me in to work with him and so I grew up loving the sounds and smells of the bar, the craic, the laughter and the smell of the beer and whiskey. Especially the whiskey.
Now that I am making my own whiskey, I am naming it after my father. As a bartender he saw a lot of things and heard a lot of stories, but like all good bartenders, he was true to his code and told no tales. My father, John Mulgrew, “The Quiet Man”, or as they say in Ireland “An Fear Ciuin.”
Depending on the bottling, the label will say either Superior Irish Blend or Traditional Irish Whiskey. But it’s the same stuff and it’s good stuff, too.
A little light and straw-like in colour, The Quiet Man had me worried initially that I’d just bought something that was gonna be a bit weak and watery. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The nose is quite lovely and floral, with a distinct lemon sweetness, which gives way to hints of vanilla and honey. Take a sip and there is still that lovely sweetness, but a bit of spice is added to the mix – and an oh so subtle hint of smoke. It really is subtle, but it’s there. A nice citrusy-lemon zing complements the sweet spicy taste of the whiskey to give it a nice mouth feel as it mellows and settles to a warming toasty oak, honey and vanilla flavour.
The Quiet Man is distilled in traditional Irish Pot Stills matured in oak barrels and re-casked in first fill Bourbon casks. That Bourbon influence definitely comes through in the sweetness of the whiskey – and anything that is influenced by Bourbon is a winner in my books!
Overall, The Quiet Man really is a superior blend. It is more than good value for money, too, and if you like Irish whiskey, it’s a no-brainer. Go get some. If you’re not a fan of Irish whiskey, still go get some and this could change your mind. It’s gonna be a staple on my shelf from now on, that’s for sure.
I look forward to the new-build next year. The distillery is aiming for its first distillations early next year and to be open for visitors by mid-2018. I aim to be there!
Here are the official tasting notes, taken from The Quiet Man website.
Nose: life and floral fragrances with sweet and smoky notes.
Palate: Perfect balance of spice and oak with sweet vanilla for a mellow, warm finish.
Keep an eye out for a review of The Quiet Man 8 Year-old Single Malt – coming soon!