Back in 2018, I met Michael Morris of The Quiet Man on his 1st trip to Mumbai, India. It was a relatively low key gathering that enabled a few different discussions on the Irish whisky industry and a chance to sample their 8 year old – naturally not yet their spirit but with whiskies blended in a style they hope to achieve..
So I was curious to see how their journey has progressed – with this wee mini in my Vita Dulcis 2020 Advent Calendar.
Ireland – The Quiet Man “An Culchists” 12 years 46%
- Nose – Initially a bit sharp, then honey, custard, baked goods – like butter brioche or fresh hot from the oven sour dough
- Palate – A kick of chilli spice, then citrus, followed by chocolate orange like those Terry Christmas chocolates, a bit of cracked black pepper, wood
- Finish – Honey
Overall it is pleasant, nothing particularly outstanding. What will be more interesting to explore is once they have their own spirit out in the world.
What more do we know? To be honest, the Quiet Man website wasn’t working for me beyond their landing page, so I couldn’t see if they provided any official tasting notes for this expression. I did find on a German website that it is ex-bourbon, though naturally the distillery is not disclosed.
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Sadly plans for the Quiet Man distillery in Derry have been shelved.(Pre COVID I must stress, but possibly connected to Brexit)
It’s uncertain if another distillery project will surface.
For the moment, Quiet Man are continuing to release as a sourced brand
Hey thanks for the update… I did wonder and unfortunately am not surprised. Seems a few of optimistic ideas in Ireland haven’t materialized quite as planned. Pity.
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