Irish By Nino Marchetti / December 10, 2018 The Egan’s Irish whiskey label, as we’ve touched upon in the recent past, is an emerging brand tied to a leading Irish merchant house that, at one time, spanned a range of of commercial endeavors that included malting, brewing, and bottling. It has now debuted what’s said to be the only Irish whiskey that’s been aged exclusively in Pedro Ximenez casks from Spain. The new Egan’s Fortitude, according to those behind it, is a non-age statement expression that’s been matured exclusively in Pedro Ximenez casks. It is a 92 proof offering that’s said to demonstrate “the ambition of the Egan family to challenge the status quo.” What this has exactly to do with this whiskey is unknown, but now you know. Egan’s Fortitude (image via Egan’s Irish Whiskey) “His stalwart character and fierce resolve made him a passionate Irishman and formidable businessman, leading the Egan name to become one of the most recognized whiskey brands in Ireland,” said Jonathan Egan, part of the sixth generation of the Egan family, in a prepared statement. “With the marriage of sherry and single malt Irish whiskey, Fortitude is a nod to that time in our heritage when Henry sought to bring the best of Ireland to the world, and best of the world to back home to Ireland.” Plans call for Egan’s Fortitude to price around $50 per 750ml bottle, and you’ll find some limited official tasting notes below for your consideration. It should be noted as well Egan’s is currently a sourced offering. Fortitude exhibits beautiful sherry, honey and raisin notes with and a hint of marzipan on the nose. The mouth is full of complexity, brimming with bold influences of chocolate and mixed, dried fruits. The single malt exhibits a satisfyingly long finish, with complex flavors that linger gracefully on the palate.