Stockman's Whisky, 40% abv, triple distilled, matured in new American oak.
None / 3 drops
Surprisingly thick and viscous
First I am keeping the whisky in the Glencairn with a cover on top, to concentrate the vapours.
First snort: Wow!
I was expecting something to cringe at, but whoa. Nice. Not as much spiritiness as I was bracing for.
My first impression is "biscuit". But then on deeper snorting: it's VERY reminiscent of marzipan. Also some vanilla, custard, sponge cake.
Sniffing this is like walking into a bakery that's done wedding cake. It is vaguely like Bakery Hill, in that it is reminiscent of sweet pastry. Could this be a sign of a local terroir? The nose is fairly weak though. After a bit, it dies away.
Adding water makes the nose even weaker.
Not much of a finish. Some woodiness, vanilla, custard.
Overall, I am surprised by this whisky. I have never tasted Irish whisky, but I suspect the very smooth and inoffensive nature of the dram comes from its Irish distillation. The new cask has meant that not much flavour has found its way into this whisky. But the marzipan nose is actually pretty pleasant. And there is not the harsh spirity nose I was expecting.
This whisky does not, in the least, resemble any of my other whiskies. And therefore it has a place in my collection; however, despite its cheapness, I find it too weak to merit a future purchase.