By Father John Rayls
“We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Whiskies – Barr an Uisce 1803 ten year old single malt and Barr an Uisce Wicklow Rare signature blend, to the American, German, Duty Free and Irish Markets in 2016.” Welcome to a brave new world where we can not get enough whiskey. New distilleries are popping up everywhere…even in Ireland. Many bourbon drinkers tend to overlook the entire Irish whiskey segment because of some weak big name offerings. The reality is that there are several very fine Irish whiskeys and I believe Barr an Uisce is one of the better ones. There is very little information available about this whiskey except for an exceptional web site which plays up Ireland and its romantic image and its connection to whiskey. Unfortunately, we know very little else about the products. However, Barr an Uisce Wicklow Rare Small Batch Blended Irish Whiskey is very good and a real joy to consume. Apparently, it’s made from 80% grain and 20% 10 year old malt and then aged for 4 years in first-fill bourbon barrels and with an additional 6 months in Oloroso Sherry casks. Did I mention it’s a very enjoyable whiskey experience? The company states “The Wicklow Blend is as mysterious as the ancient mountains that this blended Irish Whiskey is named for”. My cynical nature has all kinds of questions, but I simply enjoy drinking this whiskey. This 86 proof, small batch, blended whiskey is just very enjoyable.
The color is a pale gold; although, it appears slightly darker in the bottle. There are bright gold highlights as the light is reflected off of and diffused through it. The nose is subtle, but easily detected with a very slight alcohol burn. There are notes of honey, cereal and very light oak. The legs are long and very active. There is a light oily mouthfeel with most of the activity at mid-palate. It is a very smooth and easy drinking whiskey with flavors of creme brûlée, light grain alcohol and very subtle sherry notes. The finish is long and clean (crisp?) with light notes of sweet ginger. You definitely want to drink this neat. This is a very good whiskey to try with a medium to full bodied cigar.
I do believe that Barr an Uisce whiskeys are priced a little higher than I think they should be priced. However, they are enjoyable (very!) and that should be considered in your decision to purchase. Barr an Uisce Wicklow Rare Irish Whiskey is retailing in the neighborhood of $49.99 for a 750ml bottle and packs a lot of enjoyment for the dollars invested. This distillery is producing some of the best Irish Whiskeys I’ve consumed. Don’t hesitate to try Barr an Uisce Irish Whiskeys.