The Harvest is the signature expression in the Irishman Irish Whiskey range. It was the first whiskey released by Walsh Whiskey from Co. Carlow. back in 2007 with the original name Founders Reserve. In 2022, it was rebranded along with new packaging and renamed 'The Harvest' to honor the contribution farming has in the Irish Whiskey making process.
The whiskey itself retained its very unique style. The Harvest is a blend of 70% Single Malt and 30% Single Pot Still. The brand carved out its own niche by not containing any grain in the blend. The Harvest is part of a large range of expressions which include Single Malts, different finishes, and annual cask strength versions.
Its sister brand Writers Tears is also a blend of these two components but in a 60%/40% mix. The IWSA previously held a virtual tasting using the Writers Tears range for a special Bloomsday event. Walsh Whiskey is an independent company which sources its components under long-term contracts from both Bushmills Distillery (single malt) and Midleton Distillery (single pot still).
The Harvest is a triple distilled, non-age statement Irish Whiskey matured exclusively in ex-bourbon American oak and bottled at 40% abv.
Official Tasting Notes:
Zesty spice, black pepper & peaches
Pot Still spice, dark chocolate and bourbon oak
Oak and butterscotch
The Harvest is a $35-$40 Irish Whiskey available across the USA. This is a great value for a blend containing such a high percentage single malt and no grain. This makes it a premium non-age statement blend. It's not overly complex and has a medium finish. If looking for an every day drinker with a little more spice character along with notes of caramel and honey, then The Harvest is worth adding to your home bar.