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The Cleanest Dirt

West Cork Glengarriff Peat Charred Cask

88.88 / 100

Smoky & Earthy Flavours

Visual: 4.11 /5  •  Aroma: 23.41 /25  •  Taste: 34.97 /40   •  Finish: 26.39 /30

Dram Code: E80b

Producer: West Cork

Bottler: West Cork Distillers

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask: Ex-Sherry & Peat Charred Oak

Age: Unknown

Country: Ireland

Region: Other

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

ABV: 43%

Cask Strength: No

Release: Limited Edition

Price: $76.43 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E80b

Producer: West Cork

Bottler: West Cork Distillers

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask Type: Ex-Sherry & Peat Charred Oak

Age: Unknown

Country: Ireland

Region: Other

ABV: 43%

Cask Strength: No

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

Release: Limited Edition

Price: $76.43 (at time of review)

About This Single Malt Whisky

Why This Bottle?

Part “b” of this two-part exploration into some bizarre whisky experiments is the intriguing Glengarriff Peat Charred Cask from West Cork. Single malts around the world have used many new techniques to get that peat flavour into their whisky without using barley malted with peat smoke. We’ve seen many use casks that previously contained peated whisky, we’ve seen people smoking already malted barley with peat, and we’ve even seen people smoking a full cask of whisky with peat smoke. But this one is as far as I can tell, a unique method. Using peat to actually char the oak, before filling the cask with whisky. Very cool indeed.

 

 

The Unbottling

 

 

Strath Panel Tasting Notes

It sounds like it makes no sense, but it’s a very clean dirt flavour. Like a pristine mound of soil. There’s a sweetness too, like a tree sap – though not as rich and sweet as maple syrup. Birch perhaps? Almost more floral. Imagine if a lilac tree had sap – perhaps it would be something like that.

Upon further exploration, there are peaches and golden plumbs with orange syrup and pecans.

By Adam Bradshaw on June 08, 2022

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

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How We Review Whiskies

Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

Dram Association Nickname

The nickname is usually given by the writer of the initial review and tasting notes. It is based on their tasting notes and used to refer to the whisky to keep its true identity hidden for those who enjoy blind tasting.