By Father John Rayls
Do you sojourn, bro? Let’s be honest with each other. I’m a hardcore bourbon drinker. It is absolutely the whiskey I always reach for first. However, I have found a really interesting Irish Whiskey to be a very satisfying sojourn down a different trail. It’s the whiskey I use to offer a softer, diverse perspective on life. In addition, the Irish Whiskey segment may be the fastest growing whiskey segment in the world. I had never heard of Egan’s Vintage Single Grain Irish Whiskey, but I found the bottle to have an interesting appeal and decided this would be my temporary diversion. Irish Whiskey has a very different flavor profile from bourbon, but it is a very interesting experience. It just takes a little more time and a little more concentration to savor the experience. Bourbon is a much more “in your face” experience while Irish Whiskey is much more of a discovery process. “Egan’s Vintage Grain epitomizes the burgeoning style of new Single Grain Irish Whiskey; it is exceptionally smooth, brimming with delicate sweetness and warm spices,” remarked John Ralph, CEO of Intrepid Spirits. “It is a contemporary whiskey, lighter than traditional Pot Still or Single Malt renditions—perfect for the casual enthusiast and connoisseur alike.” It forces a much slower approach to extract the maximum enjoyment. Egan’s Vintage is an 8 Year Old Whiskey non-chill filtered and bottled at 92 Proof. It is a historical family distillery established in 1852 by Patrick Egan as P&H Egan, LTD. Although closed in 1968, it is now in its fifth and sixth generation and currently led by Jonathan and Maurice Egan. It is a sourced whiskey aged in ex-bourbon casks and distilled from 100% malted barley.
The look is a light golden color even slightly pale. There are highlights of polished brass and shining gold with long reluctant legs. The nose is not aggressive, but is readily available and apparent. It is filled with oak and leather and earthy notes with some slight tingling in the nose, but no actual burn.
The palette experience begins with a creamy mid-mouth exposure and back. There are flavors of oak and a genuine earthiness with some light spice over the top of something similar to a simple syrup. It is a very warming sample, but stops short of being hot. The finish slowly appears with more oak and earth and actually adds some slight heat to the experience.
Egan’s Vintage Grain is part of the Intrepid Spirits portfolio, and is available in a 750ml bottle for a SRP of $45.00 (46% ABV, 92 Proof). It is an easy sipping whiskey either neat, with water or ice, but is also appropriate for use as a mixer. You should definitely expand your horizons with the Irish Whiskey segment, but specifically check out Egan’s Vintage Single Grain Irish Whiskey. It can be a very interesting sojourn.