Luxco recently released their first foray into the Irish whiskey market in the form of The Quiet Man. They were kind enough to send me a sample of both their Single Malt and Blended whiskies, as I’m more of a single malt man I decided to give this one a whirl first.
The Quiet Man single malt comes in at a standard 80 Proof [40% ABV] after being aged in ex bourbon barrels for eight years. The resulting juice comes out pleasantly light and approachable, which depending on your expectations may make or break this whiskey for you. Here’s my tasting notes:
Nose: Light and airy, hints of grass, fresh fruits like macintosh apples and ripe green pears. There is a slight chemical hint to it, like new tire rubber though that’s slightly off for me.
Taste: Again grassy and fresh malt hay, some oats and cereals, very bright apple taste and other dry finish orchard fruits, a light almost sweet smokiness throughout like when smoking with maple wood.
Finish: Apple Jolly Rancher’s, a bit bitter and the smoke comes out, the tannins really coat your mouth but it doesn’t burn all the way down.
Overall this is an easy if not unremarkable dram. If you’re looking for something to stand out of the crowd of Irish whiskies that are beginning to flood the market, The Quiet Man isn’t it. But if you’re looking for a nice sipping whiskey with a distinctive Irish flavour profile then this is absolutely for you. If you’re looking for a departure from the standard Jameson, Bushmills, Teeling, or Redbreast this would be a great and tasty option… though it’s priced slightly higher than most of its contemporaries.
The Quiet Man 8 Year Old Single Malt is a very solid example of classic Irish Whiskey, it hits all the right notes, goes down smooth as silk, and for the novice drinker is a great place to start. For a seasoned drinker or someone looking to raise the bar or reinvent the wheel you may try this in a bar before bringing it home. That being said, I love the bottle and concept and it’ll look lovely when you do finally give it a good home on your whiskey shelf.