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The Quiet Man Irish Whiskey was just released in the U.S. in January. According to Luxco’s press release, The handcrafted Quiet Man is produced through Luxco’s partnership with Niche Drinks in Derry, Ireland, and is the first Irish whiskey bottled and blended in Derry in almost 100 years, since the Watts Distillery closed in 1921.

 

 

quietman3As for the story behind The Quiet Man whiskey, I naturally associated the whiskey’s name with the eponymous movie starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara (1952). But it is not just a marketing device. Actually, The Quiet Man brand is the creation of Ciaran Mulgrew, managing director and co-owner of Niche Drinks, and founder of The Quiet Man, who decided to create a whiskey to honor his father, John Mulgrew. “In more than 50 years behind the bar, my father saw and heard it all, but like all good bartenders, John Mulgrew was true to the code and told no tales. He was ‘The Quiet Man,’ or as they say in the pubs of Ireland, ‘An Fear Ciuin.’” Ciaran Mulgrew said.

 

 The Quiet Man is a selection of hand selected traditional Irish whiskey pot stills matured in oak barrels and recasked in first-fill bourbon casks, creating sweet and spicy notes.

 

Quiet Man BlendedThe Quiet Man is available in two varieties: The Quiet Man Traditional Blended Irish Whiskey and The Quiet Man 8-Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey, both bottled at 80 proof and sold in 750ML bottles.  

Just released in the U.S., The Quiet Man is currently available in Germany, South Africa, Canada and Ireland. Suggested retail price is $39.99 for the blended variety and $49.99


Quiet Man Whiskey – Traditional Blend 2016 - Proof: 80 $39.99

There is definitely a lightness of being in this Whiskey; from its pale gold color to its structure. A blend of grain whiskey and malt whiskey it has 40% alcohol and has been aged in old bourbon barrels.  

On the nose, it has floral, powdery vanilla and lightly toasted cereal notes with echoes of baked apples, figs and honey, white pepper, spices and oak on the palate. It mellows in the mouth into a light and pleasantly aromatic baked apple finish.

I had it neat right after pouring it with a Vinturi device, and again after it aired for fifteen minutes, which is when I enjoyed it best.  Having it on the rocks added complexity and helped open the flavors and roundness.  I can imagine it doing well in cocktails.

 

Cocktail Recipe: The Blarney Stone
Ingredients:
* 1 ½ oz. The Quiet Man Traditional Irish Whiskey
* Ginger Beer
* 1 Lime
Optional: Copper Mule Mug
 
Instructions:
* Fill glass or mug with ice.
* Pour the juice of 1 lime and The Quiet Man Traditional Irish Whiskey over ice.
* Top off with ginger beer.
* Garnish with a lime slice.

Quiet Man Single MaltThe Quiet Man 8 Year Old Single Malt – Proof 80  $49.99

Light-bodied, pale gold and creamy, The Quiet Man 8 Year Old Single Malt was aged for 8 years in old Bourbon barrels, which explains the prevailing sweet and spicy aromas.

Its nose of spicy oak and flowery vanilla winds its way into notes of toasted spices, cedar wood, tropical fruit, vanilla and some citrus in the palate. It develops into a pleasant peppery ginger and honey finish.

I poured it through the Vinturi aerator which mellowed the whiskey in my glass and enjoyed it neat, at room temperature, which is when the flavors are more pronounced. I tried it on the rocks but preferred it straight.  

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, The Quiet Man - true to the code and telling no tales - is definitely something to toast with.