Two Stacks Blenders Cut Tasting Notes

December 4, 2021

Two Stacks Blenders Cut

Two Stacks

Blended Irish Whiskey

63.5%

 

Tasting note compiled by Mark McLaughlin (@mark_rye)

 

Introduction

The Blenders Cut cask finish editions of Two Stacks whiskeys are the exact same whiskey as the First Cut editions as far as I am aware, further matured in select finishing casks. So that would make the initial components all whiskeys from GND as follows:

  • 40% Dark Grain – Virgin Oak cask matured
  • 40% Light Grain – Bourbon cask matured
  • 8% Pot Still – Oloroso sherry butt matured
  • 10% Double-distilled Malt – Bourbon cask matured
  • 2% Peated Malt – Bourbon cask matured

Finished then in Sauternes casks for just 45 days. Sauternes being a French dessert wine, revered for its sweet, round character bottled at an eye-watering 63.5% cask strength, only 222 bottles produced initially.

Color

Gold with a distinct orange hue.

 

Nose (Aromas)

 Youthful spirit with a vibrant sweet grain character, bourbon notes shining through with vanilla and spice. It’s quite light and herbaceous with a little touch mint and aniseed.

 

Palate & Finish 

The palate starts quite relaxed with notes of pear and apple but then this wondrous smoky character takes over. It’s like burning hay & newspapers under a bath of citrus oils and the room is filling with aroma. There’s light vanilla and charred wood texture as well.

 

Verdict

While not overly complex and probably a bit youthful, I’d guess that given more time in cask it would continue to improve. It’s certainly not aggressive at the high abv and I have to admit that I find that really distinct smoky character rather delightful.

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