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Since 1852, the Egan’s have been in the whiskey business. First merchants, then brewing beers and bottling for other well-known whiskey names, but creating their own behind the Tullamore Brewery in the late 1880s. P. & H. Egan Limited was booming until 1968, when they had to voluntarily liquidate assets. The Egan’s remained silent until 2013, when family around the world resurrected the family whiskey business, now a line of six whiskeys.
P. & H. Egan Limited was named after the two sons of Patrick Egan who really started the Tullamore side of the business and caused the business to grow exponentially. The earliest Egan’s whiskeys were labeled Egan’s No. 5 and Egan’s No. 8. The history of the Egan Empire can still be seen today in Tullamore with the Bridge House Hotel. This was the base of operations for many years and still pays homage to the Egan.
Irish whiskey hasn’t always been what you think about today. “The word ‘whiskey’ (or whiskey) comes from Irish uisce beatha, sense brandy. “Previously this was herbal infused unaged alcohol, a recipe recently sold by Irish Mist. This original technique of ‘whiskey making’ was introduced to Ireland around 1000 AD, but the earliest known record of whiskey made in Ireland is 1405. The recordings weren’t that good and mostly oral, so it’s hard to know everything about the origins of Irish whiskey.
For this particular version, Egan’s Vintage Grain, what I have here is a single grain Irish whiskey that has been put in American oak barrels and bottled 92 proof.
Tasting Notes: Egan’s Vintage Grain
Vital Statistics: No age indication but the bottle said to be cask in 2009. Bottled in 2017. Single grain. Not cold filtered. Origins of the distillery not disclosed. Cased in American oak barrels, this single grain Irish whiskey has been hand selected by Jonathan V. Egan, sixth generation of Egan. Part of the Intrepid Spirits portfolio. 92 proof. $ 45. Tullamore, Ireland.
Appearance: A pale golden yellow color. The label has a very beautiful Celtic design and the bottle is tall and easy to hold and pour.
Nose: The aromas are sweet and floral. I remember a honeysuckle but also dried flowers and leaves.
Palace: The flavors start off sweet at the front of the palate but end with a bitter oak finish. There was a spicy burn deep in my mouth. I found it a bit sour and dry. The flavors are very subtle and reminiscent of bourbon with hints of vanilla, cinnamon and burnt sugar.
I really enjoyed the aromas and found the flavors to be pleasant. This whiskey really activated the sweet and bitter taste buds in my mouth. I found it to be unique but not an everyday whiskey unless it is in coffee. I feel like Vintage Grain from Egan would make a great Irish coffee or maybe a fruity cocktail. It is by no means a bad whiskey, but it was not a complex whiskey either. The spiciness reminds me more of a rye than an Irish whiskey.