Facebook: The Quiet Man – Irish Whiskey
As I sip on my dram of The Quiet Man 8 Year-old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, I’m enjoying another couple of episodes from a box set of the fantastic Boston Legal – a post op gift from the wifekins to help through my recovery.
If you’re familiar with Boston Legal, you’ll understand why sipping whiskey while watching it is entirely natural. Hell, you can even throw in a cigar if you really want to do it right!
You see, the show’s main characters – Denny Crane and Alan Shore – finish each episode on their law firm’s balcony sipping whiskey and smoking a fine cigar. Whilst doing so, the best friends share their thoughts and feelings on all manner of things – and what is said stays just between them.
And that leads in perfectly to the whole ethos of The Quiet Man. It is not named after the famous film of the same name, but rather John Mulgrew, father of Ciaran Mulgrew, who is managing director of The Quiet Man Craft Distillery in Ebrington in Derry/Londonderry.
John Mulgrew worked as a bartender for over 50 years and Ciaran explains how the name of the whiskey came about:
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.”
I recently reviewed the The Quiet Man Superior Irish Blend, so it is only natural to follow up with the single malt to see how it fares.
APPEARANCE: Like the blend, it is very light to the eye, almost straw-like in fact.
NOSE: The first thing that hits the nose is the very sweet aroma. It is floral, reminiscent of flowery summer perfume, with a distinct note of blackcurrant. After a few swirls, it shouts out cloves and hot toddy.
PALATE: Exceptional smoothness comes through on the first sip. It is light on the palate initially, still with that touch of blackcurrant in there, before a very gentle heat wafts over the tongue. Despite the initial lightness, this single malt has a creamy, malty-like mouthfeel. As the taste settles, that gives way to flavours of toasted oak and bitter orange. The finish reminds me of charred campfire remains.
OVERALL: The Quiet Man 8 Year-Old Single Malt is Mr Smooth. It probably won’t make you go “wow” but it is a fine pour. There are nice things going on in terms of aroma and flavour, and it certainly benefits from being distilled in traditional Irish Pot Stills, matured in oak barrels and recasked in first fill Bourbon casks.
Would I buy this again? For sure. In terms of value for money, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better single malt, particularly if you can grab it at the lower end of the price scale. The more this has opened up since I bought it, the more I’m enjoying it. I hope you do too.
Interestingly, just last weekend The Quiet Man won best single malt in a judges’ blind tasting at the Spirit of Scotland Rome Whisky Festival. Impressive indeed.
I look forward to trying the 12 Year-Old Single Malt, which is bottled at 46% (92 proof), as I’m generally a bigger fan of the higher proofs.
PC RATING: 81 (B-)
OFFICIAL TASTING NOTES
Here are the official tasting notes, taken from The Quiet Man website.
Nose: Sweet and crisp floral fragrances with notes of vanilla and oak
Palate: Hint of honey, warm vanilla and spicy oak, with an exceptionally smooth finish
Awards: Irish Whiskey Masters: 8 Year Single Malt – Gold
SAMPLE SOURCE: My own collection.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a whiskey expert, just a guy who loves whiskey and writing about it from a completely personal point of view. All opinions expressed are mine and the only influence on what rating I give comes purely from what I think of what’s in the bottle.