The Tyrconnell is a single malt Irish whiskey which has been made from 100% malted barley and distilled in copper pot stills. The Tyrconnell is a long standing whiskey that has been refined by the Andrew A. Watt and Co. Family Distillers since 1762. The whiskey takes its name from the Watt Family’s most famous racehorse “Tyrconnell” and the family’s native area of Tyrconnell. The racehorse won a top Irish horserace, the National Produce Stake, back in 1876 in spite of the 100 to 1 long shot. The horse and race is remembered by the picture on the Tyrconnell Whiskey container and bottle.
As mentioned above, the Tyrconnell is a single malt Irish whiskey which is rare since most Irish whiskies are blended. The Tyrconnell was originally distilled, matured and bottled by Cooley (now Kilbeggan) distillers. According to the Kilbeggan website, the Tyrconnell Single Malt has achieved numerous awards including the 2012 IWSC Silver and Outstanding Medal, the 2009 IWSC Gold Medal Best in Class, the 2009 NYSA Best in Class and the 2009 Great Table Gold Medal.
The following are the tasting notes for the Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey per their website.
Nose: Full and fruity aroma with a citrus – spiciness taste
Taste: Well-structured with honey notes hanging from the nose. A tang of oranges and lemons, a strong malt presence that balances well with the oily sweetness
Finish: A long finish with the malt becoming more dominant to the end without the soft fruits and honey, which helped make up the middle.
Alcohol content: 40%
Serving Suggestions: The Tyrconnell can be served neat in a tumbler, or with a little water to taste.