This blend is aged in oak casks, Michael Collins Irish Whiskey presents as a dark copper but remains crystal clear. I’ve taken the time to start my taste testing neat, without ice and pour ice into it later after I’ve written down notes on its “neat” presentation.
The bouquet of Michael Collins Whiskey Blend is that of sweet oak and light notes of coconut. My second sniff resulted in something I’m not used to picking up on the nose: a cola, perhaps a little citrus cola with a hint of vanilla. My iced whiskey also gave off a few extra hints of chocolate powder.
The non-iced “neat” presentation was smooth and silky with a creamy oak which seems very approachable for new whiskey drinkers. The attack is sweet and smooth with citrus vanilla notes through the mid-palate transition. The finish was slightly “cold” and left a non-tingling numbing feeling. The finish is nice although a bit short on complex flavors and dissipates more quickly than I had imagined.
On ice, Michael Collins brings a bit more pineapple on its initial taste at the front of the palate with a chocolate mid-palate transition with a very weak finish. The finish is much flavorful without the ice when looking for a more complex tasting experience but very manageable for new drinkers. The water thinned out the smoothness a bit but kept the experience fun and fresh.
You’ll probably find Michael Collins Irish Whiskey Blend for roughly USD $26.00, a pleasent price for this Irish Whiskey and worth a try for those looking for a relaxing whiskey bringing a nice flavor profile. It’s not the most complex or unique drinking experience but it was fun and flavorful. This is a definite must try cocktail ingredient.