Drunken Irish Whiskey Review: Glendalough Irish Whiskey: Sherry Cask Finish Poitin


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Sit your ass down and get ready for a little history lesson. If you’re not interested, skip to the next section of the review, then go throw your laptop out the window because you’re a moron. Everyone knows about Irish Whiskey. Despite your personal feelings on it, the history of Irish Whiskey is outstanding. Ireland’s oldest spirit, and many believe it to be the first “version” of whiskey in the world, is known as Poitin. Not sure how exactly you are supposed to pronounce it, but I’ve just been referring to it as poo-tang. This spirit dates back to the sixth century. And if that isn’t enough, it was outlawed in 1661 by that bastard Charles II, and wasn’t legalized or really seen again until 1997. Who knows what made this incredibly badass, outlawed spirit not rear it’s beautiful head again until the mid 90s. Maybe it was the ripped jeans, Dave Matthews Band, and the steroid era of baseball. We’ll never know, but what we do know is this: when you pop a bottle of Glendalough Irish Whiskey / Poitin, you are opening up a bottle of history, and the whiskey certainly speaks to such history.

How to Drink It

This ended up being a bit of a no-brainer. Taking shots of Glendalough Irish Poitin didn’t quite make much sense. Almost like you’re opening up an amazing book and just reading the last page immediately. While that (just like alcohol), may help you get by in high school, it doesn’t quite do the trick now.  This whiskey is also a little bit hard to mix. When you find the right balance, however, it can be absolutely incredible. There are a lot of more pungent flavors in this whiskey, so you’re going to need to balance that with the correct fruit flavors. But the real way to drink this stuff is just full strempf. No ice, no nothing. Just sip up the history, and let your Irish flag fly.


Here we go. Glendalough Irish Poitin has an extremely deep flavor profile. Apparently they incorporate the use of beets to the aging process, and you can definitely taste it sort of on the “edges” of your sip: meaning right when you sip it, and right when it goes down. Dwight Shrute would be proud indeed. The main idea of this whiskey is its longevity. I almost promise you that you won’t like it after the first sip. It’s a little weird, and honestly doesn’t taste like any other whiskey I’ve ever had in my life. It’s incredibly unique. But give it 5-6 more sips/glasses, and you’ll be hooked. It’s a complete wildcard. Something you can’t predict, but also something you just can’t get enough of. I could sit here and tell you about their aging process and flavors, but honestly you just need to go out there and try it for yourself, and let us know what you think. Because our minds are still blown.

Wrap Up

Just go buy it. You know the guy at the bar who tells shitty stories and always ends with “you had to be there”? That’s me right now. I know. I hate it and you hate it. But there’s really nothign else I can say other than that you need to try it for yourself. If you’re like me, you’re on the bandwagon completely, and I will never not have a bottle of this stuff in my arsenal. While I love the stuff, you might hate it. Either way, you’re going to have a strong reaction to it. It’s legitimately the Charlie Kelly of whiskies. Kind of crazy, a little weird, but it’s the wildcard that you absolutely need at all times. Never know what kind of crazy things will happen when you have a wildcard on your side. One minute you’re robbing a gas station blind, the next your breaks are cut:





2 Replies to “Drunken Irish Whiskey Review: Glendalough Irish Whiskey: Sherry Cask Finish Poitin”

  1. Poitín is pronounced PUH-cheen (as close as I can get with mere English sounds)
    Many years ago I tried some that my father thought he had carefully hidden away (ha!) and it was nasty. Pure rocket fuel. Probably made in someones shed. Now after reading this rave review I’ve got to try the Glendalough version.

    Looking forward to reading a review of Yellow Spot and Connemara.

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