Aah, pot still Irish whiskey. Grassy, rich, nostalgic and tough as nails. We were lucky enough to have a hosted tasting led by none other than Michael Cowman himself, representing Midleton distillery and the fantastic pot-still whiskies they make look so utterly effortless. No bottom shelf blends here – hit it!
We started the night with Yellow Spot (46%). That’s right, we started the evening with an Irish whiskey many would consider the pinnacle of the category, the beautiful, wine-drippy, golden perfection that is Yellow Spot. How could it get better!?
Oh hello Midleton Barry Crockett (46%). A spicy, potent, pot-stilled single malt that oozes blending masterwork, salty chewiness and an endless finish.
On to Redbreast 15 (46%), a real treat, given its lack of availability in South Africa. Redbreast 15 – like many 15-year-old whiskies, for some reason – really hits a sweet spot in terms of complexity and sheer chuggability.
Lastly, the most surprising expression of the evening. Powers 12 (46%) – a first time sampling any of the Powers blends for the majority of us, and extremely well received.
Special thanks to Michael Cowman for an epic tasting, great company and for spoiling us rotten. And of course a big shout out to Rust Cafe in Observatory for yet again hosting us with style and grace!
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