West cork in Ireland is the home of Hyde whisky, now this is not one of the big hitters of Irish whisky but it is starting to be mentioned, so the background of Hyde whisky is pretty interesting, back in 1860 Douglas Hyde was born, son of a local Protestant rector the Reverend Arthur Hyde. Douglas Hyde later became the first President of Ireland in 1938 and served until 1945, he later died in 1949. Hyde president cask is named in homage to Douglas, today Conor Hyde is the MD of the company and has very kindly sent me a sample to review..
Hyde whisky is located in Skibereen on the South Western side of Ireland. The Rugged Cork coastline provides the perfect maturing conditions for this award winning Irish whiskey. Originally distilled in a traditional copper pot still, HYDE whiskey is double matured. Firstly in flame charred, first fill, oak bourbon casks, and then ‘finished’ in either a vintage Spanish Oloroso Sherry cask. This is released in small limited edition batches and is non- chill filtered for a more original character. This is 100% Irish whiskey from one single distillery ( rumoured to be Cooley ) as Hyde whisky is not old enough to be released, they have obtained whiskey that has been matured in bourbon casks and then given a ” finishing” period of 6 months in Spanish oloroso casks.
So this expression is bottled at 46%abv and is NCF..
Nose.. Typically sweet at first, plenty of vanilla and caramel notes, toffee and a hint of coconut, then as it opens up a little more the subtle sherry notes begin to take hold, candied orange peel and figs, sultanas and bitter chocolate, some spicy notes come through towards the end.
Palate.. Again some sweetness is the first thing to hit the palate before a spicy kick opens up into an influx of citrus and fruity notes, caramel and toffee mixes with plums and ripe pear, honey and a little bitter coffee note coats your tounge.
Finish.. Quite a lot of oaky tannings and a lovely spicy kick end this Irish whiskey in style..
Thoughts.. It is always hard to say how well a distillery is going to do when you sample what they offer in the early stages, especially when the whiskey is not from their own making, you can only go on how well it has been put together, this offering is a single malt and does have some great points, the nose is just delicious, delicatley flavoured with some real punching aromas. Then the palate just carried on delivering, there are some real nice levels to this offering, the finish although rather oaky did complement the whiskey perfectly, all in all a well balanced, enjoyable malt..
I would like to thank Conor Hyde for the oppertunity to sample and review this product, I wish you every success..