Jack Ryan Toomevara 10yr old Single Malt, bourbon aged, finished in Calvados, 46% abv
They were quiet, yes, but not idle. Announcing the first of The Generation Trilogy – from the award-winning Jack Ryan Whiskey Co – celebrating 6 whiskey generations of Ryans. Toomevara is an exclusive Calvados finished whiskey, with a limited release of only 3,500 numbered bottles, signed by Eunan Ryan, through a collaboration with Château du Breuil.
Toomevara will be followed by two limited editions – numbered, signed single malt releases; later in 2018 – Haddington 11yr old finished in Rum, and in 2019 Finisher’s Touch – 12yr old finished in Madeira a collaboration with Justino’s, completing The Generation Trilogy.
On the nose there are three shades of apple. Dry and yeasty stewed apple warmth, sour green apple gummies, and the leafier tang of green apples themselves. Beneath that, sap, cut grass, and orange cream soda which, after a little honey cuts the grasses with the creams, turns to actual orange peel. Leafier with water.
Initially it tastes a little like apple pie in a glass. Soft cinnamon, rich applesauce, a light zesty tang as if those apples were unripe, a slight trace of citrus peel and enough mouth-watering juice to bind the sauces to the fruits.
Sandalwood edges round the lingering sauce on the finish with dusty, dry, and even a little yeasty although the sweet green apple tang from the nose still sidles past the finish. One for the grey days or any day for that matter. Sláinte.
The eponymous Jack Ryan’s father, Thomas, of distillery and barley-farming stock – grand-father John and father Michael – came to Dublin from Toomevara Tipperary at the close of the 19th century, and in 1913 set up his own whiskey finishing and the first of his string of pubs – the Beggars Bush, Jack Ryan Pub today remains in the family – on historic Haddington Road. Ryan’s Malt became a Dubliners’ favourite. Jack himself, vintner and whiskey man par excellence, honed the family’s whiskey Finisher’s Touch. His son Eunan has revised and re-invigorated the family tradition with the Jack Ryan Whiskey Co, and the next generation is in the wings.
Jack Ryan Whiskey – award-winning. Jack Ryan 12yr old Bourbon finish, 2014 Irish Whiskey Award, 2017 Gold Medallion at San Francisco World Spirits. Jack Ryan The Bourdega 15yr old finished in Oloroso sherry, won a 2017 SFWS Silver. Annual small batch releases will continue, with traditional and new finishes including bourbon, rum, calvados, madeira, virgin oak, sherry, cherry.