Maker: Niche Brands, Derry, Northern Ireland, UK (Luxco)
Style: Blended Irish whiskey
Price: $30 (Binny’s)
Appearance: Bright gold.
Nose: Malt, bourbon barrel, Riesling.
Palate: More sweet malt, touch of oak, alcohol, apricot, vanilla custard.
Finish: More apricot, custard, burn.
Parting words: There are a lot of sourced, blended Irish whiskeys on the market right now, and like The Quiet Man, most of their producers are in the process of building a distillery. Whether these distilleries will ever be able to fully supply the brands they’re associated with is an open question (see also Lux Row).
As it stands, though, The Quiet Man is a good, entry-level/tumbler blend. The bourbon barrels used for finishing give it warm, dessert flavors and aromas which complement the fruity sweetness of the malt spirit. $30 is a solid price for this solid whiskey. The Quiet Man is recommended.