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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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  • Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:51

    Another Lost Whisky Rediscovered in 2011

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    Looking back, one of my favorite whisky memories of 2011 was the amazing find of a whisky many thought was lost to the world.   I am not talking about the Shackleton stuff found in Antarctica, but the much more elusive and rare Hennigan's Scotch Whisky.  Made famous by the Seinfeld TV show in the 1990's and then believed to be lost in a cupboard under the sink for over 15 years, Hennigan's was rediscovered in October 2011 by www.scotchcinema.com.  I thought I would end 2011by reviewing this very unusual and hard to find scotch and in many ways I feel this should be the whisky of the year.
    I often write tasting notes with my wife, but this time I had some help from my friends Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer.    The nose is very soft and muted, in fact according to Jerry "I can't smell anything".    However the taste is appealing, as Kramer described it best; "that is damn good stuff" and the finish, well again Kramer put it much better than I can, "mmm boy, that Hennigan's goes down smooth".  Overall impression is best summed up by Elaine as "I'll tell you, it's not bad".  However Hennigan's is definitely not for everyone, unfortunately George "threw up from the Hennigan's" so I am afraid, due the lack of nose and the unfortunate throwing up aspect, I can only give it 1 star.   http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/157-hennigans

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