Irish Whiskey Label Tyrconnell Gets Unique Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish - The Whiskey Wash

Irish Whiskey Label Tyrconnell Gets Unique Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish

By Nino Marchetti / June 12, 2019

Cask finishing is definitely a thing these days. A lot of whiskey brands across the globe are making use of this methodology to add some extra character to their expressions, and those in the Irish sector certainly are embracing it wholeheartedly. One of these, Beam Suntory’s The Tyrconnell, is showcasing this technique through the release a rather interesting finishing cask choice that got a double seasoning treatment.

The new The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey, according to those behind it, was initially matured for 16 years in American white oak, ex-bourbon barrels. From there it was then given additional maturation in wine casks from the Andalucia region of southern Spain, which were initially seasoned with Oloroso sherry before a second seasoning with Moscatel wine to reportedly give the overall flavor profile a distinctive sweetness and roundness.

The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish

The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish (image via Beam Suntory)

“We are thrilled to release The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish, as the elegant expression demonstrates our commitment to innovation and quality,” said John Cashman, Global Irish Whiskey Ambassador for the Kilbeggan Distilling Company, in a prepared statement. “Building on the success of our award-winning 2017 and 2018 Tyrconnell limited releases, we continued to experiment with different aging techniques and we’re intrigued by these distinctively seasoned Spanish casks. The result is a completely unique – and delicious – Irish whiskey unlike any other.”

Plans call for this Irish whiskey to be a limited edition release, bottled at 46% ABV and pricing around $100 per 750 ml bottle. It is said the best way to enjoy this whiskey is on the rocks or neat to showcase the fruity aromas on the nose, its sweet, nutty flavor and spicy finish. You’ll find some official tasting notes below for your consideration. It should be noted as well that The Tyrconnell is produced in traditional pot stills and is one of a rare few Irish whiskeys that utilizes double distillation.

  • Aroma: An effervescent combination of honeysuckle, jasmine and brazil nut envelop the malty peach and ripe red apple skin aromas, with minerality reminiscent of Champagne
  • Taste: Minerality continues with a medley of nuts and gooey dark chocolate – caramelized sugars and honeycomb combine with the malt spice for added complexity
  • Finish: Dry and tannic as the oak becomes more prevalent but not before citrus and grapefruit leave a distinctive zest at the back of the mouth