This week, I've had the pleasure of sitting down with Hyde Whiskey No.9 Iberian Cask.
In the past, Hyde have attracted a little controversy, but their liquid has always spoken the loudest. Hyde's Single Grain, No.3 Áras Cask was a particular favourite of mine.
Anyway, the past is where it belongs. The here and now is what it's all about and sees No.9 on the market, a Single Malt finished in Tawny Port casks for 6 months.
In my humble opinion, this is a genuinely beautiful whiskey! I'm a massive fan of Port Cask finished whiskey and this has shot right up to the top with my favourites. It's an 8 year old, Triple Distilled Single Malt, Aged in charred bourbon barrels, and finished in Tawny Port casks from the Pinhão Village in upper Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, giving an excellent dried fruit flavour. A buttery soft, softly Spiced whiskey with dark fruits like figs and raisins, with the zest of green apples and citrus. Thoroughly enjoyed this, and will be enjoying plenty more of this Limited release while I can.
Very easy drinker, soft but mid length finish, left me satisfied but wanting more at the same time. Excellent price point at around €50 ⠀
ABV 43% | 70cl⠀⠀⠀⠀
Nose: Dried dark fruits with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and blackberry for a grapemeets-raisin nose that defines Tawny Port.
Palate: Notes of green apples, honey, citrus, spice, dried fruit, black pepper, and hazelnut, with a vanilla-like buttery finish that lingers on the palate.
Finish: Medium to long with a grapey, malty, spicy, lingering finish.
Fun fact: Hyde Whiskey is named after the 1st President of Ireland, Douglas Hyde. All of their bottlings are named with a Presidential theme as a nod to the inspirational figure.
For more information on this, and Hyde's portfolio, visit HydeWhiskey.ie
Slán go fóill,