Hyde 10 Year Old Presidents Cask

Reviewed on Fri 15 Jan, 2016

A limited edition single malt Irish whiskey, released by Hibernia Distillers. Overpriced and underwhelming.

'Finished' Irish whisky isn't something you try everyday, and I'd not even heard of an Irish whisky finished in sherry casks before so this Hyde 10yr limited edition was something of a surprise. The marketing flumph says:

Hyde 10 Year Old No. 1 Presidents Cask is limited edition single malt Irish whiskey, released by Hibernia Distillers. This expression takes its name from Douglas Hyde, who served as the first President of Ireland from 1938 to 1945. The whiskey comes from one Irish distillery (as we said, it's a single malt) and which was initially matured in bourbon barrels before enjoying a finishing period in first fill Oloroso Sherry casks. It's bottled at 46% ABV without chill filtration.

On the nose: A lot of sherry. Heavy wafts of dried fruit, prunes and plums. Something oddly medicinal underneath it all though. I like sherried malts a lot. This smells kind of like fruity floor cleaner to me.

The taste: OK. Stewed plums, creamy vanilla cupcakes. Still getting something medicinal about it that I don't particuarly like. Cough syrup or ribena maybe.

The finish: The finish is better, it's quite long with nice hints of pepper.

Personally... There's just something about this I don't like, and I love sherried whiskies so that comes as a surprise. We shared this out at the Norwich Whisky Meetup group and it wasn't warmly received by anyone there either, so I don't think it's just me. This bottles retails for about £50. It's not worth £50. You can get a bottle of Glendronach 12yr for £15 less than that and in my opinion, the latter is a far, far superior whisky.

Nose:  72/100 
Taste:  78/100 
Finish:  84/100 
Personal Rating: 75/100 
Value for Money:  70/100 
Overall Rating:  75.8/100 

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