The Schtick: This is a single grain whiskey that is 6 years old and finished in a Burgundy cask. No timeline for the length of the finish.
“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.
In the future, it appears that we can expect more age stated single malts, port finishes, rum cask finishes and more.
Distiller: Undisclosed Irish Distillery
ABV: 46% ABV
Source: Purchased, as part of Hyde Distillery Limited Edition 3 Pack
Nose: Sweet honey, bread and ethanol. Lots of icing, some faint juicy raspberry notes. Not a ton of depth here but it’s sweet and generally inoffensive.
Taste: Thin to medium mouth feel, no real heat. Sweet vanilla, cocoa, fresh baked bread, mild plastic note, juicy fruits like cherry, raspberry and some pear.
Finish: Short, no heat. Bready, some astringency and a faint bitterness. Honey, melon, light raspberry, that’s about it.
Overall: This was the expression I was most excited for, but unfortunately it was the most disappointing. It was vapid, not really that complex and lacked almost any sort of wine influence.
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Other Hyde Expressions I Have Reviewed:
- Review #950 — Hyde 1916 Ex-Bourbon Matured Irish Whiskey
- Review #948 — Hyde 1938 Special Reserve Irish Whiskey