I will always grab a bottle of Irish Whiskey I’ve never had before. Unlike bourbons, which have dozens of new bottles to taste every month, a new Irish Whiskey is much less common. Sadly, the bottles I haven’t tried also tend to get more expensive.
So when I saw this bottle of The Temple Bar Irish Whiskey on the shelf I immediately picked it up.
The nose on The Temple Bar Irish Whiskey is quite enjoyable. There is a nice mixture of sweetness and cinnamon that blends with the malt and spice. It all comes together in a lovely nose that has a lot of subtle notes in it.
After the nose, I was really looking forward to the first sip of The Temple Bar Irish Whiskey. The big question on my mind was, did I find a competitor to Red Breast 12?
The first sip of The Temple Bar Irish Whiskey was a little bit of a letdown after how much I enjoyed the nose. There are hints of leather and malt on that first touch of the tongue, which quickly turns to wood notes on the mid tongue before becoming a bit astringent on the finish. That finish is what really hurt The Temple Bar Irish Whiskey for me. The finish is really sharp and not as balanced as I’d like.
I’m giving The Temple Bar Irish Whiskey a 40/100. The nose was wonderful but the sip was a bit of a let down.
- Who doesn’t want to try every Irish Single Malt on the planet?
- At $60 a bottle there are much better options.
- Not as smooth as I’d like.
- The finish is sharp and not overly enjoyable neat.