If you don’t know who the Pogues are, well… I can’t blame you really. They’re known for two things really being one of the seminal Irish / Celtic punk bands and their lead singer’s almost otherworldly horrific teeth. That being said, what’s more Irish than having your own whiskey [especially fitting since the band broke up for a time because of said singer’s drinking problems.]
The Pogues namesake spirit is a blend of single malt and grain spirits and according to the website:
…this mighty drink has an aroma of malts and cracked nuts, with a sweet taste and a smooth intense flavour.
Whether those tasting notes hold up seems to be a matter of dispute according to the handfuls of reviews that I’ve read; and I’ve yet to get my hands on a bottle to verify the claims or not as I don’t think it’s made it across the pond yet. However the Pogues whiskey is made by West Cork Distillers, one of Ireland’s last independent distilleries and they have a couple of other solid releases under their belt such as West Cork and Kennedy, along with other spirits.
All things considered this seems like a bit of a vanity project but would make an entertaining conversation piece on anyone’s whiskey shelf regardless of the quality of juice. It’s said to retail for around £30 [$42 USD] so you’re definitely paying a premium for the name on the bottle, whether it’s worth it or not, I’ll withhold my judgement until I can actually try some.
Have you had a chance to sample the Pogues Irish Whiskey? If so, what did you think?[Picture Credit: Malt Hound]