The Irishman line of Whiskeys comes from the upstarts at Walsh Whiskey who set out to rediscover Irish-style Whiskey as it was made 200 years ago. When Walsh Whiskey first started, they contracted their distilling to Bushmills. But their success has allowed them to build out their own distillery in Carlow — in the heart of Ireland’s southern farm country — where they make four versions of The Irishman, three Writer’s Tears, and two varieties of Irish Cream Liqueur.
The Irishman 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey was launched in 2013, and demand has been high. But due to the limitations of being a smaller production house, only6000 bottles of the 12 YO single malt are being made each year. This is accomplished by hand selecting the best cast from inventory and giving them extra time to rest.
Both of their single malts are triple distilled — as Irish Whiskey should be — and aged in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks without chill filtration. Upon initial release it was an instant classic, winning Gold and Best in Class at the International Spirits Challenge.
Smooth. Little pepper up front, velvety finish. Big fan
Enjoyed from the peppery beginning through the dessert sweet finish. Could be great in mixed drinks or just to sip.
Pangalactic gargle-blaster, but gives way to a pleasant sweetness, after your tongue recovers from the fire, that is. Not the best, but not the worst either. Strong, bold, and slightly spicy, this one finishes like an Irish Whiskey, not a Scotch. It has a sweet nose and notes of a sweet gloss before the finish. I'm a bourbon drinker, so I'm not seeing the "heavy" vanilla by comparison but it's there. I wouldn't turn it down, but it wasn't my favorite of the three in the tasting. A good strong second.
The aroma is apples, as is the initial taste. Definite burn and I can’t place the aftertaste.
Adding water brings out a sweetness.
Definitely won’t be buying this.
Love the spiciness on the tongue. It's a complex taste. Not a huge fan of the soft finish, but the flavor is remarkable.
Delightful - toasted almond notes, pear finish.
Soft and balanced. A very nice taste, a new favorit.
The subtlety here sells it. On first taste it’s simply an incredibly smooth Irish whiskey, but multiple tastings reveal the notes once missed. Currant, banana, and an apricot finish makes this whiskey a more complex experience. I understand the price tag, and can easily recommend regardless.
Much to my liking. Very smooth and balanced.
A little soft and light on the finish for me.
Bought this as a gift for my father who isn't a fan of single malts generally. His verdict: this could convert him from the blended whiskeys he prefers. I'd say that counts as high praise.
Impressively soft whiskey with very rich taste. Finish is intriguing, I could even make it to feel currant after the second sip. I would definitely order a bottle for my home bar!
Not as smooth as you'd expect from a 12 yr old, nice strong oak finish
Stronger bite than expected from an Irish whiskey. strong peach, almond and bready-- almost oatmeal-like flavor with a long oak finish. Over all decent, but I prefer smoother whiskey
A strong smokey whiskey. Great after the first zip.
Starts strong but finishes mellow.
Mello and not to spicy. Decent finish but doesn’t taste overly complex
Smooth, good flavor. Traditional Irish Whiskey flavor
Smooth and sweet. Great caramel and leather nose. Smells like a baseball game. I’m partial to peat, but this Irish is high on my list of favorites.
A nice smooth whiskey, with a small late kick that doesnt last too long but warms. Goes down smooth. Id drink again.
Bit of a spice note but I liked it.
Very smooth, fruity and surprisingly enjoyable. The perfect bottle to serve your appreciated friends who are not dedicated whiskey lovers. Totally balanced.
Very smooth. Love the taste. Would love to have a bottle of this in my bar
We enjoyed the Powers more. It was decent, but bland/nothing special about it.
This is one of my favorites! Just really good!
Nose: honey, light wood smell
Taste: fruity and heavy, balanced, some honey and vanilla, a touch of smoke on the finish, a little harsh
Strong up front taste but then a smooth after taste with a vanilla flavor. Not my cup of tea but good.
A bit sharp and grassy, a disappointment.
It is an outstanding, balanced, Single Malt Irish Whiskey with a delicate birth; while a full life; leads to a long death.
Not a fan. Okay but more leather than I prefer; seem to overwhelm the vanilla undercurrent. Might work as a mixer.
Price point is too high.
Simple and smooth. A very easy drinker
big fan, very easy to drink, I like the fruitiness, the apricot finish is pronounced and unique
Sweet sweet vanilla
Great, smooth tast, mellow finish
I loved this one. Smooth, flavorful, long finish. It’s a delicious easy drinker.
Smooth, with a hint of vanilla. Very nice.
Finish was a bit strong, but delicious flavor. I still prefer the small batch from Irishman.
Clean and crisp. Light and airy. Citrus. Good for sipping
Probably my uneducated pallate but seemed a little bland and had a single note. Not bad, just not overly interesting.
Very smooth but I did not love it.
I like this a lot. Glad I ventured into the Irish whiskeys. I would buy this. Very smooth, a little spicy. My sample ran out too soon.
A little sweet, but not in a bad way. The flavors are distinct and mix well without stepping on one another. I’d buy this as a bottle.
I thought this was very smooth
Smooth from start to finish. Mixes well with sodas if you choose but of course very appealing on or off the rocks.
Very meh. I was disappointed.
The Irishman was a wonderful surprise. Very smooth and flavorful. Will buy again!
An extreamly strong whiskey that takes time to acquire a taste for. Really enjoyed sipping on a glass of it over an hour period.
A good whiskey. I will buy it. Smooth with little after taste or burn.
Very tasty spicy
Right off the bat, the aroma of the whiskey is a pleasant vanilla. Nice and smooth mouthfeel with lingering notes of fudge. Definitely deserves a place in any whisk(e)y lover's home.
Good front and backend
Very pleasant when nosing. Vanilla at the beginning and then a hint of pear, apricot and a just a hint of sherry. Short aftertaste. Smoother after the first taste. Enjoyed it. One that you would want to have a bottle on the shelf to change your other tastings up a bit.
Delicious. Caramel and spice. Smooth.
I definitely taste the apricot, vanilla, the sherry, pear and malted barley. Very smooth at the beginning and at the end.
It goes down a bit harsh but has a smooth and very pleasing finish.
Light but tasty with hints of pear to end.
Pretty tasty at first but has a very boozy aftertaste.
remained of a good Bourbon
Really like the Walshs Whiskeys. This one is quite subtle, doesn't have a strong punch but is a quality whiskey for the price and to my mind beats the likes of Redbreast hands down.
Not bad, somewhat smooth, but lacking in body/taste.
Loved it...ordered a bottle to share with friends!
Not bad but not great. Compared to other 12 YO like Redbreast, this one's lacking, decent Sherry notes in, but finished flat.
Had a tasting tonight with 3 other whiskey fans and universally this pour was dead last by all four of us . This might be the worst 12 year pour I have ever had