A surprising, 100% corn, Single Grain Irish Whiskey finished in French Red Wine casks.
Hibernia Distillers is fairly new, being founded in 2014 by brothers Conor and Alan Hyde in the wee town of Skibbereen, Ireland. But in a few short years this small-town maker of traditional Single Malt and Single Grain Irish Whiskey is rocking the world with products available in fifteen countries and an early, hard-won reputation for creating a line of seven amazing, aromatic, award-winning examples of liquid Irish pride.
First things first… Hyde 6 Year Old No. 5 The Áras Cask is a real Irish Whiskey. But it is also a single or "pure" grain Whiskey. And that grain is corn.
What’s that you say!? An Irish Whiskey made from 100% corn? Yes, that’s exactly what we are saying.
Hyde 6 Year Old No. 5 The Áras Cask is triple-distilled in a Coffey column still just like an Irish Whiskey should be. And it’s aged for six years in re-charred ex-Bourbon casks. Then it’s finished for an additional six months in Burgundy Red Wine casks from the Côte d’Or region of France. The Spirits is bottled at our favorite 46% ABV.
Absolutely not. Way to sweet. Immediately detested it and after looking at the notes I can understand why. The roasted and toasted oak are way too light and the sweeter notes way too high for me.
Medium body; strong vanilla, pecan, cake and cherry. Finishes off with nice toasted oak and strawberry notes
Made in heaven, perfectly matched my taste. A big favorite from the advent calendar. Found my go-to!
Butterscotch, vanilla, sweet
Very flavorful. Has a toasted sweet touch to it.
Advent #6. Strong vanilla on the nose. Taste was ok. Didn’t get as much fruit as I anticipated.
Nice cake flavor with the berries hanging on a while. One of my favorite drams in the calendar...SO FAR!
Unpolished whiskey. Smell is light and cherry driven. Taste is what you’d expect from a whiskey that’s been aged only 6 years. Tasting note consists of light vanilla, and mostly grapefruit. Finish is a bit bitter but light. It’s a non-memorable easy sipper. Adding some water makes the dram a bit more enjoyable. It’s an easy sipper but too light and flat for my liking.
Nose of vanilla and slight oak. Hint of spice quickly fades
Didn’t really like the flavor, it was kinda spicy, but had a funny aftertaste.
Surprising - doesn’t taste like the Irish whiskey i usually drink. Super sweet, with some Coca Cola notes and vibes. I even get the sharp grapefruit from the notes as well. Definitely more of a dessert, but i might have to keep a bottle for the exact reason
Mildly sweet. Reasonable fruity flavor, just not one of my favorites. A little rough on the back end with a strong alcohol flavor.
Lots of vanilla and fruity notes! Great finish as well.
Nice dram. I did use a bit of water to open it up. Not a standout but is nice neat. Bit of bite in the finish.
Solid sipper. Very smooth.
Good for a sweet whisky. A little sweeter with water. Pecan cones through and berries linger on the end.
Didn’t get much in the nose. A little water helped but overall I didn’t like it much
Holy wine vibes.... tasty
Smooth and lots of subtle flavor. Easy drinking
Honestly did not get much on the nose with this one. Sweet, some faint berry notes and citrus. After a few sips the citrus became identifiably grapefruit, along with some cherry and vanilla. The barrel tannins kick in at the finish, followed by a lingering sweetness like a reduced fruit juice.
Not bad, but not a stand out. I was surprised the ABV was as high as it was, since I didn't get a ton of ethanol and the flavors seemed too muted.
This is nice. Smooth, sweet, with a bit up front of vanilla and berry. Smooth finish that lingers just right.
It’s got a little sweetness in the aftertaste, but not at the beginning.
Mostly vanilla in this one, with cherry following and faintly sweet.
The berries come through really well. Nice nose too
Nice palette of vanilla, sweet, and fruity flavors.
Sweet fruit and vanilla. Easy drinking with a little hint of something roasted at the end, but felt a little out of balance to me overall.
Definite notes of pecan and vanilla on the nose. The pecan became more subtle on the palate, while the vanilla remained strong, accompanied by a pleasantly sweet flavor of cooked dark fruit - sort of a mix of plum / raisin / dark cherry with perhaps the slightest hint of strawberry, but without the tartness of raw fruit. Smooth finish as well.
This would be quite nice as an occasional after dinner drink. I vacillated between 7 and 8 for the rating but went for 7 in the end, as it’s just a bit on the sweet sweet side for my regular rotation.
Wow really strong banana flavor...enjoyed this one
Best so far in the Advent calendar. I would like to see a 10yr expression of this as I feel it still could mature a bit. Nevertheless, fantastic sweet cream nose and red fruit that comes through on taste
Advent Day 6 - nice cherry notes on the nose, fruity and sweet palate. My new favorite Irish whiskey.
Very smooth, pecan and vanilla.
Just sweet enough.
Fruity with some oak
Tastes like a treat without being overly sweet. Strong cherry pie on the nose. I get lots of vanilla and a bit of oak. Finishes like strawberry jam on toast with a little spice.
Fruity flavors, smooth finish
Hints of burgundy wine come through, but overall, the taste and mouthfeel are thin and astringent. A young whisky with a complicated palate.
Really didn’t work for me. It’s like a combination of a bad bourbon and an unpolished Irish.
2020 Advent day 6;
Overall, middle of the road
Nose is dominated by alcohol, not much else to it.
Mouth is light nut & vanilla, mild spicy burn on the finish.
Not great neat, probably best as a mixer
Sweet like a bourbon but light like an Irish! Yum
Advent Calendar 2020 Review: I found this to taste fantastic. Boozy sweet oak on the nose with much more bread notes (sweet bread, not rye) as the primary tasting note I got. Finish was a return to oak and vanilla, and left me wanting more. This one's going on my wish list!
Advent 2020 day 6. I like it. Easy peasy n smooth. Can imagine sipping this or turning it into a lovely hot toddy.
Advent #6- I now know what it’s like to drink gasoline
I really like the fruit and sweetness I get with this glass
Smooth and sweet with a beautiful vanilla flavor. Toasted nuts on the finish. It’s a lovely whiskey.
It was hard to get past the ethanol/acetone odor and taste to notice much else at first. I let it sit for 30 min or so with several vigorous swirls during that time to aerate some of the alcohol out, which did help a bit, but I found the bitter grapefruit notes to be too contradictory to the vanilla and tart cherry & berry notes.
Smooth and fruity, with roasted and toasted undertone. Worth a bottle buy.
Honestly smells a bit like nail polish remover and the taste of grapefruit comes through which is not pleasant. Adding some water brings out the smells of buttered toast but the taste isn't improved at all.
(Advent 2020, #6) In the nose you get some oak and vanilla. The flavor is just ok with some vanilla, some spiciness. The card mentions grapefruit which I think comes through as some astringency. A bit of spice in the finish.
Strong hit of vanilla upfront with a lasting flavor
Advent 2020. Not awful, but not good. Tastes like a cheap blended scotch. Too much of a young grain whiskey taste. I’ve been making notes on my cards as I taste. I just wrote “nope” on this one.
(Advent 2020 #6) Sweet upfront with a bite on the end. There's something there we don't like.