Wolfhound Irish Whiskey
"The gentle giant of Irish whiskeys, Wolfhound is smooth and rich with hues of deep golden amber. Crafted from fine Irish malt & grain by the Master Whiskey makers of the Wolfhound Distillery."
Distilled at the Cooley Distillery on the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth, Ireland; originally an old potato alcohol facility which was converted in 1987 by John Teeling. This is the first Irish whiskey we've featured on the show - blended or otherwise and with all previous drams being of single malt scotch or bourbon - and, not to say we were expecting the worst but, we were pleasantly surprised by this unassuming little bottle of Irish pride.
Retailing at $18, the 750ml Wolfhound is a featherweight in the cost department but it certainly does seem that you're getting a lot of bang for your buck. The nose is mellow, with hints of vanilla, honeysuckle, and mocha. The pallet is a bit thin, lacking in any significant viscosity, and the color is a little weak, but that's about where Wolfhound's shortcomings stop. Up front the vanilla is well-pronounced but as it washes over your pallet and hits the back of your throat it transforms, ever so slowly, to a peppery mocha that leaves you with a smooth burn-free finish.
If you prefer your whiskey neat (which you should!) Wolfhound suggests getting out of your comfort zone by adding a bit of spring water to the mix. Upon doing this you may notice, as we did, that the vanilla fades quite a bit and the pepper and mocha come into full expression. Wolfhound isn't the only whiskey (or whisky for that matter) that suggests adding a bit of water to your glass after a stout pour of the drink; adding water to whiskey is a great way to dull the obvious elements down so that your pallet can pick up on the subtle undertones which are often overpowered otherwise. Wolfhound also suggests you mix it with ginger ale if you're going to mix it with anything but water; we didn't try this but can imagine how that might be a good fit for this flavor profile.
Overall both Josh and Tanner enjoyed this unassuming, classically fashioned bottle of Irish Whiskey and would recommend it as a table whiskey, starter whiskey, or old standby for the house. If you're going to mix it with soda, mix it with something light like Sprite or Ginger Ale and not something overwhelming like traditional Coke.
Tanner's score: 82% (B-)
Josh's score: 78% (C)
LMAW Grade: 80% (B-)
If you missed this week's episode, you can listen to the whole thing here: https://legendsmythsandwhiskey.com/2015/10/02/episode-four-the-ningen-and-the-voyage-of-maeldune/