Irish Whiskey Shows Up In a Big Way at Ultimate Spirits Challenge


Welcome back to with our tenth installment of the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2012 coverage! This week’s category comes in the form of Irish Whiskey, which brought an incredibly large amount of entrants for the tasting. For Irish Whiskey, there were three categories that were judged: Blended Irish Whiskey, Pot Still Whiskey and Single Malt Irish Whiskey. Want to see who took the Chairman’s Trophy in each category? Check out the winners here!

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Midleton Barry Crockett Blended Irish Whiskey

Chairman’s Trophy-99 points

“The nose is amazingly harmonious and complex with waves of peach, dried red fruits, toffee, wild herbs, vanilla fudge, honey, and cocoa with hints of sea salt, cedar, and baked apple. Silky and warming with a honey-like texture. The oak notes are seamlessly integrated with exotic spices found on the finish. Perfection in a glass.”

Jameson 18 years Old Blended Irish Whiskey

Finalist-97 points

“The aromatics are simply beautiful with waves of dried pear, peach, toffee, honey, almond butter, orange peel, and vanilla. Rich and semi-viscous in the mouth with layers of concentrated fruit, malt, grain, and roasted nuts. Perfectly balanced with a dry finish.”

Tullamore Dew Reserve 10 Years Blended Irish Whiskey

Finalist-96 points

“Rich and unctuous offering a creamy, malty core with a generous spice and ginger notes. The palate is quite generous, offering flavors of biscuit, caramel, toffee, dried fruits, and roasted nuts. Ideally balanced and as charming as Whiskey can be. The perfect nightcap.”

Bushmills Black Bush Blended Irish Whiskey

Finalist-95 points

“The nose explodes with scents of dried apricots, prunes, dates, sweet sherry, roasted nuts, almond brittle, mango, and a mélange of tropical notes. A rich, semi-viscous mid-palate that expands with notes of dark chocolate, treacle, and decadent fig preserves, in full agreement with the nose.”

Bushmills Blended Irish Whiskey

Finalist-95 points

“A very fragrant Whiskey with scents of fresh grass and spring flowers with touches of candied almonds, mango, and a faint coconut impression. The palate delivers on the promise of the nose being youthful while lush and generous with flavors of baked orchard fruits that become quite dry and a bit green on the finish.”

Jameson Black Barrel Blended Irish Whiskey

Finalist-95 points

“Delicate while generous with the scents of crisp green apples, toasted grains, citrus, oak, and black pepper. the palate is vibrant and spicy with pepper notes gripping the semisweet malt and grain core.”

Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve Blended Irish Whiskey

Finalist-95 points

“The nose is rich and exotic with the scents of baked tropical fruits, honey, ginger, black currants, plum, nutmeg, and toffee, with hints of cinnamon, allspice, and pepper. Ideally balanced with a rich velvety core and a dry, oak filled finish.”

Jameson 12 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey

Finalist-95 points

“The nose is incredibly lush and complex offering waves of ripe oranges and tropical fruits with accents of caramel, toffee, cinnamon, vanilla, and Sherry. The palate is lush and full while clean and vibrant with baked orchard fruits and honey taking the lead. Long trailing secondary notes of bacon fat, toasted walnuts, and butterscotch linger on the finish.”

Midleton Very Rare Blended Irish Whiskey

Finalist-95 points

“An epic whiskey with flawless balance. Perfectly proportioned with layers of baked baked apple and pear, toffee, toasted nuts, grain, honey, apricot, and aan exotic supporting note of brown baking spices.”

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