Review #948 – Hyde 1938 Special Reserve Irish Whiskey

Review #948 | World Whisky Review #36 – Hyde 1938 Special Reserve Irish Whiskey

The Schtick: This is a blended Irish whiskey that contains 18 year old single malt and 8 year old single grain whiskey that has been finished in a sherry cask. The 1938 is important, as it signifies the year that Hyde because President in Ireland.

“The years on each of the HYDE expressions are significant dates in Irish history that are directly associated with President Douglas Hyde:

  • 1860: Douglas Hyde’s birth year
  • 1916: The start of the Irish Rebellion
  • 1922: The Establishment of the Irish Free State
  • 1938: Douglas Hyde was inaugurated as President of Ireland

HYDE Single Malt Irish whiskey is made from 100% malted barley grain from one distillery source in Ireland. It is double distilled in a traditional Copper Pot Still to our very strict HYDE specifications.

HYDE Single Grain Irish whiskey is made from Corn grain on a continuous three Colum copper still. It is triple distilled, non-blended, pure grain whiskey from one distillery source.”

This timeline and information is from Hyde’s website.


Distiller: Undisclosed Irish Distillery

Bottler: Hyde

ABV: 46% ABV

Age: NAS


Nose: Ethanol, vanilla cream, soft buttered rolls. Lots of caramel, toffee and sweet icing. Overall, it can be summed up as ethanol and every sweet dessert under the sun.

Taste: Thin to medium mouth feel. Some mild heat. Lots of honey, caramel, sweet cream. Mild pepper, faint orange peel. Very sweet and vanilla bean forward. Not super complex, but enjoyable.

Finish: Short to medium in length. No heat. Lots of vanilla cream, honey, caramel candies and a sweet, bread-y note.

Overall: Overall, this isn’t super complex but it’s enjoyable. Thin, but packed with lots of bread-y, vanilla forward sweetness.

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Rank: 5


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