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Barr An Uisce 1803 Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Barr an Uisce 1803
Single Malt Irish


By Robert Plotkin

Irish whiskey is surging in popularity among aficionados and enthusiasts alike and recent arrival Barr An Uisce Irish Whiskey to our shores will only serve to fan the flames. Clear space on your back bar for these two marvelous imports. Your whiskey adoring clientele will thank you with their continued patronage.

Born in the rolling hills of County Wicklow on the eastern coast of Ireland, Barr an Uisce (pronounced "bar on ishka,") makes two, internationally renowned whiskeys. Barr an Uisce 1803 Single Malt Irish Whiskey is distilled entirely from malted barley and rendered to proof with spring water drawn from the family's deep underground well. The whiskey is matured in charred American white oak barrels for a minimum of 10 years.

The Barr an Uisce 1803 Single Malt is a captivating, thoroughly satisfying whiskey. Its bouquet is an appetizing array of vanilla, chocolate, caramel and toffee aromas. On the palate, the whiskey features a luscious offering of tropical fruit, cinnamon, ginger, anise and a modicum of barley malt. The lingering finish is luxurious and marked by hints of toasted oak.

Equally enthralling is Barr an Uisce Wicklow Rare, 43% alcohol, a small batch, blended whiskey comprised of 80% grain whiskeys and 20% being the famed single malt, which gives the blend its tremendous personality. The blend is aged in first fill ex-bourbon barrels for 4 years and then finished in Oloroso sherry casks for an additional 6 months. Both whiskeys are bottled non-chill filtered and rendered to proof with spring water drawn from the family's well.

The depth of character of all-world Wicklow Rare is astounding. It has an amber/golden appearance, a lightweight, satiny textured body and aromas of vanilla, dried fruit and heather honey. The palate is a lovely assortment of flavors—roasted nuts, raisins, anise, caramel, plums, cinnamon and nutmeg, and the finish is long and spicy warm.

When it comes to drink making, Barr An Uisce Wicklow rare is a creative tour de force. Its versatility is demonstrated in the drink, SoHo Flat, a classy variation on a scratch whiskey sour made with added ginger liqueur.

SoHo Flat
Rocks glass, ice
Pour ingredients into iced mixing glass
1 1/2 oz. Barr An Uisce Wicklow Rare Blended Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz. Ginger Liqueur
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
Lemon wedge garnish
Pour Barr An Uisce Irish Whiskey, ginger liqueur, simple syrup and lemon juice into mixing glass. Shake contents thoroughly and strain into iced rocks glass. Garnish with lemon wedge.