Slane Irish Whiskey Review on The Whiskey Trail
Before the Irish Whiskey Renaissance started in 2015, Slane Castle was one of several independent whiskey brands, that sourced whiskey and bottled it themselves. ALready famous for its Slane Castle Music Festival the brand saw some success. However, it wasn’t until after Beam Suntory bought Cooley Distillery in 2011, the sourcing for these independently bottled brands dried up.
Slane was the leading brand that responded with plans to build their own distillery, and those plans inspired other whiskey brands to invest in the Irish Whiskey Industry. Slane’s own plans only gained real momentum when the brand was bought by Brown-Forman in 2015. Construction began shortly thereafter, and the new distillery went operational in the summer to much applause.
Brown-Forman, has deep pockets and is here for the long term. They have invested heavily in the Slane distillery experience and their Eco production process. Their first move was to replace the old bottle styling and they introduced a new iteration of Slane Whiskey (tripple cask blend) in tandem with the new distillery opening in the late summer 2017.
Of course, the new Slane Whiskey was all sourced initially, since in-house production would not be available until the minimum three year aging had been achieved. The new Slane is a blended whiskey, made from Irish malt and grain whiskeys, aged in ex-bourbon barrels (including Tennessee Whiskey barrels), new virgin oak casks and Olosoro Sherry casks. Bottled at 40% ABV this is a premium entry level whiskey and perfect for an Irish Coffee or straight sipping (by an open fire).
Barrels previously used to make bourbon or TN Whiskey contribute perfectly balanced flavors of caramel, banana, and butterscotch to the whiskey. Hints of soft baking spice and light toasted oak on the taste. Barrels are 200 liters in size.
Virgin Oak Casks
Barrels from the Brown-Forman cooperage are toasted and charred to Slane’s precise specifications. The medium char, heavy toast, barrels contribute flavors of toasted oak, vanilla, and caramel. Brown-Forman is the only large spirits company to own their own cooperage. And we have two! Barrels are 200 liters in size.
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Our oloroso sherry casks are sourced directly from Jerez, Spain and contribute to the complexity and richness of Slane. Flavors of raisin, baking spice, and chocolate covered cherry are developed during maturation in the sherry casks. The sherry casks used for Slane are either 500 liter butts or 250 liter hogsheads.
Food Pairings & Brown Forman
We were so excited when asked to design a bespoke whiskey tour in Dublin City for the Brown Forman Team. This tour was designed to focused on pairing some of their whiskeys with local Irish produce. We wanted to focus on Slane Whiskey, so we looked to the locals producers in county Meath and their neighbours in the Boyne Valley for inspiration with our whiskey pairings. Read More Here…
Slane Whiskey has a beauitiful hue of light gold in the glass. It’s rolls across the surface of the glass like liquid gold, viscous, leaving a clear, thick coat on the surface. This helps the aromas to develop and circulate when nosing. We used the Tuath Glass for this tasting and found it a great companion.
The initial fragrance is grainy and woody, due to the trio of different woods used in aging. The quality of burbon barrels leads with the wood like a large dollop of vanilla ice-cream on apple pie. Notes of apples, toffee and fruitiness round out this extremely approachable whiskey.
The wood is more subtile and well balanced on the palate it morphs into a vanilla, clovey spicy with bags of sweetness. The sweetness is sublime and you can spend some time picking out sweet treats from your childhood. The toffee turns to butterscotch and back to toasted caramel. Sit for a while and explore this as a straight sipping tipple.
A premium whiskey at the entry level of Irish Whiskey. The finish is light, but don’t let that fool you it lasts for a while. Starting off with butterscotch and fading fast, to be be replaced by toffee and oak.
“This complex whiskey is perfect for an Irish Coffee on a cold winters night”The Whiskey Trail
Where to drink Slane Irish Whiskey
Bad Bob’s Pub Located in the heart of Temple Bar on Essex Street, Bad Bob’s great bar food, cocktails & cold Beer. Bad Bobs also has a great late night music scene, Dj’s with Saxophonist and dancing across four floors in the heart of Dublin city. It’s roof terrace is a hidden gem at the top of the building that’s been rated as one of the best rooftop bars in Dublin. You might be in the heart of Temple Bar, but with a pint and a chaser in hand you could be anywhere in Ireland.
The Alternative History of The Original Irish Coffee
But when and were was it invented? The traditional story goes that in the winter of 1943, an American Airlines flight from Foynes in County Limerick to New York had to turn back because of bad weather. When the passengers went looking for a hot drink, local chef Joe Sheridan of Brendan O’Regan’s Restaurant and Coffee Shop in Foynes offered them a concoction containing coffee, sugar, cream and Irish whiskey. Read the full article…
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