Maker: World Spirits, Princeton, Minnesota, USA (Phillips)
Distiller: Cooley, Louth, Leinster, Ireland (Beam Suntory)
Style: Blended Irish Whiskey
Age: NAS (at least three years old)
Michigan state minimum: $22
Appearance: Medium copper.
Nose: Sweet malt, a little sherry, leather, woodruff, anise.
Palate: Full bodied and soft. Caramel, butterscotch candy with a little bit on the back end.
Finish: Vanilla custard, white pepper, nutmeg, alcohol.
Parting words: Like 2 Gingers, this is another Irish whiskey from Minnesota (?!) but this one comes with a story about someone in a gang in New York or something. I don’t care about NDP marketing bullshit, so I’m not going to get into that.
I’m a big fan of the Cooley Distillery, and Hell-Cat Maggie is in the classic Cooley style, so it has that going for it. It’s not as elegant as Tyrconnell or Knappogue Castle but it’s a little more refined than 2 Gingers (which one would expect at $8 more). It mixes well too. My only criticism is that this Hell-Cat lacks claws and teeth. She would benefit from 2%- 6% higher ABV. Still, I like her. Hell-Cat Maggie is recommended.