It’s not often I venture to the Emerald Isle in search for a dram! And for a single malt, no less.
Hyde Whiskey appeared on my radar on Twitter a few months back and has been a very prolific brand. The whiskey itself comes from a mystery Irish distillery and is bottled by Hibernia in Skibbereen, south Cork. The name is a nod to the first president of the Republic of Ireland, Douglas Hyde.
Let’s have a go…
Nose: Fruity! Overripe apples flesh, pear skin, peaches, honeysuckle. A little mineral salinity and dry hay, too.
Palate: Sweet, soft and smooth to start. Lemon cakes, toffee and vanilla build up to baking spices, cardamom, liquorice root and ginger. A touch of sour grapefruit and lime in the middle.
Finish: Peppery barrel spice, then long sweet oak.
Really interesting fruity notes on this, with a smooth start though the peppery spices at the end are quite prominent. Not a bad dram, but could be a lot smoother.
Here’s to more single malts from Ireland in future, though – it’s no bad thing to see this kind of dram on the market.
You can pick this up on Master of Malt for £50.88.