Welcome back to The Cask! This is the sixth edition of The Cask and I welcome you back, after quite the hiatus, to review another fine Whiskey! If you missed the fifth edition of The Cask or frankly forgot all about it, check it out here with a link to the past 5 editions (there’s a couple other posts mixed in too, you’ll noticed the lead image):
So I would normally wait until later in the week so everyone could enjoy my recommendation for the weekend, but after putting up a teaser post on Friday night, I don’t think you guys are going to be patient enough for that! Also, if you want to try it you may need to order it from your liquor store.
So, we travel back to Ireland for a bottle that was recommended to me by, interestingly enough, the wine guy at my local store. He’s a great guy that’s never missed on a wine recommendation and he lost his mind for this stuff so I figured why not? I’ll order some as they didn’t have it in stock. After a tragically long week and a half of waiting...I had my mind blown by the best bottle of whiskey under 30 bucks. I really wasn’t prepared for this. I should have ordered a case. Especially because he ordered 4 bottles, put the other 3 up on the shelf after holding for me. He stocked the shelf at 1 PM. I got there at 5:45. The other 3 were gone already.
So why haven’t you heard of it? It’s pretty new to the market and no one knows what it is yet. Please help me change that. This is a Blended Irish Whiskey, that’s matured for at least 4 years in Bourbon Barrels. And it’s buttery smooth, it’s imported by Star Industries out of Long Island...and there’s not a ton more information out about it so, let’s get to the facts!
Price: $24.99 - Mid-Level
This price is perfect, and amazing. With this price, and if people pay attention to it, the old staples of bargain Irish Whiskey Bushmills and Jameson better be scared. Very scared and if they’re not scared, they better have a new formula ready that I don’t know about.
Quality: Sipper - 1
If you remember from the last edition of The Cask, here’s the way I do the rankings, 1 being the best.
- Rocks Sipper
- Ice Sipper
This is legitimately sip-able at $25, at room temperature. I’m still in shock. It’s a game-changer in the Irish Whiskey market. I still prefer it on the rocks, but if I didn’t have any cold whiskey rocks left, I would just drink it without. I’m not letting this one get watered down, it’s too good.
If I was stuck with a $25 per bottle of whiskey budget for the rest of my life, I’d probably be drinking Donegal Irish Whiskey for a very, very long time. Let’s give an example of how good this stuff is. My wife doesn’t drink whiskey, she certainly doesn’t drink whiskey on the rocks. She’s even turned her nose at a $55 bottle of 12 year RedBreast Irish Whiskey. She came back for seconds of Donegal Irish Whiskey and then asked for more the next night (I better place another order)!
So unless you have $40 to buy a bottle of Teeling Small Batch (which I’d like to point out that the Donegal would go toe-to-toe with the Teeling), you better get down to the store and order yourself some Donegal.
I’m so glad to be providing Whiskey advice again, feel free to reply your thoughts if you’ve had it, or if there’s something I should try! Welcome back guys!