Dublin Liberties was the dram of choice for Wednesday nights Tweet Tasting.
Hosted by Steve from The Whisky Wire, he gave us the opportunity to sample one of the fastest growing Irish whiskey brands. So much so that construction work began last March on a new €15 million distillery and visitors centre which will open in 2018.
The drams sampled were:-
- Dublin Liberties Oak Devil
- Dublin Liberties Copper Alley
If you want to catch up on what all the tasters had to say you can view the tweets by searching for the hash tag #DublinLibertiesWhiskey on Twitter.
So, what did I think?
Here are my tasting notes … and the one which was my favourite on the night!
Tasting Notes – Dublin Liberties Oak Devil (46%)
Oak Devil was launched in 2015 and is a blend of Irish malt and grain whiskeys which have been matured in bourbon casks.
Oak Devil takes its name from the Liberties area of Dublin. A riotous quarter of the city known as ‘Hell’ in the 1700’s. Oak Devil is inspired, literally, by the fact that an oak-carved devil stood watch over the entrance to the Liberties!
Nose: Sweet toffee flavours, crisp green apples with oaky wood coming thru’ later on. The nose went more towards cognac the longer it was in the glass.
Palate: Tropical fruit with honey and vanilla creaminess. With a nice whizz of spiciness!
Finish: Punchy dram with lots of pepper coupled with a honey smoothness. Slight tobacco and waxiness at the end.
Overall: Cracking tasting whiskey with some interesting flavours and ever-changing aromas.
Tasting Notes – Dublin Liberties Copper Alley (46%)
Copper Alley is a 10 Year Old Irish single malt. It is then finished in 30 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Casks.
Copper Alley was the oldest street in Dublin, named after the coin which was minted there in the 17th Century. The alley was at the centre of the Liberties amongst the tanners, merchants, taverns and of course distilleries!
Nose: Getting the sherry and there’s honey and vanilla creaminess. A little aniseed and there’s something savoury lurkin’ at the back … smokey bacon maybe?!
Palate: Reduced sweetness with a creamier feel and lovely sherry! Some apples and a little chocolate.
Finish: Nice peppery spice coupled with honey again but the balance is more in favour of the spice than the Oak Devil.
Overall: A nice dram but less sherried than I thought it would be – this whiskey was very popular amongst my fellow tweeters!
My Favourite On The Night
Oak Devil – feisty spice tempered by honey sweetness – Yum!
My fellow Tweeters were:-
@TheWhiskyBoys @MaltMusings @brawspirit @whiskyfreak123 @Whiskey_JAC @JasonVaswani @spikeydog120 @AlpacaJo @moonbites @allthingsbooze @ocdwhisky @RealDramRob @WhiskyUnplugged @T_M_Cocktails @dbcwhisky @bigfootrunning @cache1337 @DaveMcKinnon__ @whiskyrepublic @JoeFHolmes @TheWhiskyphiles @PhilScott101 @Marc_Liberties @suzisgrapecrush @LaCaveDeCobalt @WhiskySpeller @dram_gazette @Girl_Whisky
Dublin Liberties is available to buy from these Whisky Merchants:-