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Egan's Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Egan's Single Malt
Irish Whiskey


By Robert Plotkin

While bourbon and Scotch get more press, Irish whiskeys have quietly become the fastest growing, barrel-aged spirit in America. They're accessible, highly aromatic and loaded with an abundance of palate pleasing flavors. In addition, years of steadily increasing popularity have not significantly driven up their price, thus keeping them relative bargains.

Among the brands fanning the category's popularity is recent arrival Egan's Single Malt Irish Whiskey. Although new to the U.S. market, the whiskey can hardly be referred to as an overnight success. It actually represents a legacy of nearly 160 years. The founders established their firm on Bridge Street in the heart of Tullamore, County Offaly.

"For our initial foray into the American market we've selected a single malt that's been barrel-aged for 10 years and bottled at 47% alcohol (94 proof)," says Jonathan Egan, 6th generation owner. "We firmly believe it to be one of the finest Irish single malts on the market. After a few minutes left alone with our whiskey, we're confident that malt enthusiasts and aficionados will become lifelong fans."

While I can't speak for others, I'm convinced he's right. The Egan's Single Malt is bottled non-chill filtered, which leaves it unaltered and in full possession of its character. The whiskey has a fetching golden/amber appearance, a light, silky textured body and a generous fruit and malt bouquet. The longer you allow it to breath and fully oxygenate in the glass, the more of its engaging aromas will come forward. Egan's has a slightly warm entry that quickly expands, filling the mouth with flavors of honey, malt, cranberries, apples and a bevy of baking spices. The long, dry finish reveals the added flavors of caramel and baking spices.

Do yourself a favor and drink this world-class single malt either neat, or with a splash of spring water. With a price tag of under $50, it's a virtual steal. Kudos!