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The Pogues

I was a little bit skeptical of a whiskey that branded itself the "Official Irish Whiskey of the Legendary Band". I was also a little surpised that they only appear to be the official Irish whiskey.... leaving an opportunity for someone else to become the band's official Scotch or Bourbon!   In fact the actual liquid, bottled at 40% ABV and produced by West Cork Distillers, was pretty good.   The nose has lemon peel, vanilla and bubble gum notes.  The taste is sweet with caramel, butter, soft red apples, popcorn and Diet Coke.  The was little soft and unlike Pogues concert, this one slips quietly away.  With water it gets sweeter with a little honey.

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  • Friday, 25 November 2011 20:26

    My First (and worst) Whisky Joke

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    As it is the holiday season in the USA I thought I would post my first whisky joke.  I will see how many I can come up (or steal) as I develop this site.

    Knock, Knock.   Who's there?  Knocked.  Knocked who?  That's right, Knockdhu distillery, the makers of AnCnoc.

    If you can do better then please email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or enter as a comment on the Blog tab.  Happy holidays.

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    W L Weller Special Reserve

    A very reasonably priced wheated bourbon (under <$20 in Texas) that was originally distilled at the Stitzel-Weller distillery in Louisville but is now made at Buffalo Trace.  The nose is sweet with caramel, brown sugar and some corn.  There is also a little acetone and a hint of cocoa.  The taste is quite spicy at first, which may in part be due to alcohol as this is bottled at 45% ABV or 90 proof.  The heat fades to reveal oak and vanilla and the mouthfeel is quite light and smooth.  This is good but a little unexpected, dry and not as sweet as many bourbons and the even the nose suggested.  The finish has some more spice, toasted oak and some more alchohol.  Nice whisky for a great price.