Tyrconnell 16-Year-Old Irish Whiskey Comes Ashore in the U.S. - The Whiskey Wash

Tyrconnell 16-Year-Old Irish Whiskey Comes Ashore in the U.S.

Tyrconnell 16-Year-OldThe Tyrconnell brand of Irish whiskey is one of those many whiskey labels which is a something of a something of a something. In this case, that means it is produced at the Cooley Distillery in Ireland, which in turn is part of the Kilbeggan Distilling Company, which once again in turn is owned by spirits giant Beam-Suntory. Having now learned all of this, you’ll be interested to know a new 16-year-old Irish whiskey from this brand is now available in the United States.

The Tyrconnell 16-Year-Old Irish Whiskey, according to Beam Suntory, is a 46% ABV single malt whiskey that has been aged in ex-American oak bourbon barrels in the mild Irish climate. Plans call for this release to be priced around $100 in the select domestic markets it is appearing in.

As for the name Tyrconnell, it references a famous Irish racing colt of the same name which won a miracle race in Ireland back in 1876. At the time, the win “captured the imagination of the assembled crowd, which included the Watts, a local family who had built a thriving whiskey distillery. They choose to commemorate the occasion by creating a limited edition, small batch whiskey that bore the name of the champion.”

“Just as Tyrconnell, the racehorse, galloped to victory with unwavering concentration, the same focus and attention is given to creating every bottle of this unique Irish single malt whiskey,” said John Cashman, Global Brand Ambassador, in a prepared statement. “When looking for a new single malt expression to raise the bar for Irish whiskey, we knew right away that The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old would showcase the magic of the brand’s signature double distillation and expertise in aging, providing fans with a rich, complex spirit.”

  • Nose: Plenty of fruit, melon, green fruit, candied pear, vanilla custard and coconut
  • Taste: Initially oily and viscous followed by the inevitable fruit explosion, finishing with a dry almond coating
  • Finish: A very long, herbal spice-rich finish
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Nino Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.