A subtle flower petal-perfume develops into rich ripe fruits, while some charred oak and cedar wood bring balance and complexity - a seamless infusion of American and Spanish oak character. On the palate the initial impression is from the sweet vanilla of the American ex-bourbon barrels. This brings added depth to the rich fruits typical of the ex-oloroso sherry butts. A pleasant touch of hazelnut and toasted wood complement the pot still spices. The finish is pleasantly long, with vanilla sweetness slowly fading to barley grains with a touch of oak char.
This new blended Irish whiskey is intended to showcase flavors imparted by the barrel. (A cooper makes barrels; a croze is a tool used to cut grooves in the barrel.) Look for a bright, fresh scent layered with fresh pear and sweet vanilla, which is echoed on the palate. Adding water coaxes out more vanilla, crème brûlée and baking spice. A real sipper, this whiskey warms all the way down.