The Whistler Calvados Cask Finish Irish Whiskey is part of a trilogy of sourced whiskeys from Boann Distillery in Drogheda, Co. Meath. Boann started distilling their own spirit in 2019 but has been offering sourced expressions since 2016. The Whistler range is reportedly named after owner Pat Cooney. In December 2022, Boann released their first distilled Irish Whiskey, a single pot still called Solstice. Boann has laid down historical mash bills mirroring recipes from the golden age of Irish Whiskey. Until those are ready for release we can enjoy their vast range of sourced offerings.
The Cask Finish Series is made up of three expressions: Oloroso Sherry, Imperial Stout, and Calvados. Only produced in Normandy, France, Calvados is an apple brandy distilled from apple cider. There are four categories and up to 300 types of apples used in the production. Similar to whiskey, Calvados is aged in oak casks.
The Whistler Calvados Cask Finish is a triple distilled blend bottled at 43% abv. The blend is comprised of 35% single malt and 65% grain. After four years of maturation in ex-bourbon casks, the whiskeys are married and finished for an additional 15 months in ex-Calvados casks.
OFFICIAL TASTING NOTES:
Apple drops, fresh citrus zest, creamy and luscious toffee undertones with banana, apricot, melon and creamy red raspberries.
Sweet peach on the fore with pear and a bright fresh citrus zest. Malt undertone with creamy vanilla underneath.
Long and creamy with hints of pear and citrus zest remaining.
This is a perfect blend for autumnal activities: apple picking, raking leaves, football tailgating, baking pies, or just drinking Irish Whiskey. The slightly higher abv brings just the right amount of heat without the burn to keep the fall chill at bay. Not overly complex. A good companion if carving Turkey or looking for a casual drinker while refereeing a Thanksgiving family feud. Retails between $35-$40 in the USA where Whistler products are sold.