September 27, 2023 2:15 pm

The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Double distilled, 40% ABV.

The name of this whiskey comes from a horse that won The National Produce Stakes Race in 1876 and paid off 100-1. It was originally used by The Watts Distillery.

In 1988, the Cooley Distillery purchased the rights to the name and re-established the brand. (The Whiskey Reviewer) The Whiskey is now a product of the Kilbeggan Distillery. The Irish form of Kilbeggan is Cil Bheagáin which means little church Cil=church Beagáin= form of little (Beag). The price runs from $35-$45 depending on the market.

The origin of the name is from Irish, “Tír Chonaill” (Cheer Hunal) meaning Conaill’s land. Tír is Irish for country. Conaill is an Irish male name. the English spelling is Conal

I enjoyed this whiskey more than I expected. I think the double distillation holds the notes stronger at 40% ABV. This would be a nice daily sipper. I enjoyed the mix of the honey and pepper notes in this whiskey. It has distinct notes, but not very complex.

Tasted Neat

Score: 85/100
Color: Pale gold with legs running swiftly

Score: 90/100
Nose: A nice honey note

Score: 90/100
Palate: Honey note with a silky mouthfeel. Light pepper rises as I swirl it.

Score: 90/100
Soft and creamy going down with a very light pepper tingling my mouth; then a mouthwatering sense.

Overall Score 88/100

With 1 drop of spring water

Nose: Honey note similar to Neat

Palate: A similar honey note, but the mouthfeel is thinner. A light pepper spice also rises.

Finish: Spicy and drying with a mouthwatering sense.

With 2 drops of spring water

Nose: Very light honey; hard to pick up

Palate: Much lighter honey note and the mouthfeel is watery.

Finish: Dry going down with a tingling pepper note on the tip of my tongue.

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