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Wine-Barrel Matured Irish Whiskey Debuts

Jack Bettridge
Posted: February 24, 2012

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Concannon Irish Whiskey (80 proof or 40 percent alcohol by volume, $24.99)

APPEARANCE: Very light yellow color (almost Champagne), with medium-thick, slow legs.

NOSE: A comely mix of flowers and berries with a touch of honey and the slightest whiff of smoke.

PALATE: Smooth, round honey flavors take over immediately, chased by a nuance of spice and cinnamon on the roof of the mouth. Then the wine-cask influence lets itself be known with berry flavors along with bit of woodiness and lemon.

FINISH: Ends up very sweet and syrupy on the palate with some savory wood notes.

CIGAR PAIRING: By the color you’ll be tempted to go very light with this whiskey. While that works, Concannon, with its lushness and structure, also deserves to run with more medium-bodied smokes, to which it can donate sweetness.

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Comments   2 comment(s)

Brian Maloney — Framingham, MA, USA,  —  October 26, 2012 10:32pm ET

Just to revive an article from a few months ago, figured I'd comment on Concannon Irish whiskey: I'm on my 4th (5th?) bottle and I keep finding more things to like about it! My local shop has it for under 20 bucks so I'll keep buying! Try some!

Alan Dalton — Rock Hill, SC, USA,  —  May 5, 2013 12:25pm ET

Concannon is one of the best Irish Whiskeys I've ever had. I've enjoyed it with med-full bodied sticks and its a good pair.

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