Egan’s 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey Review

Egan's 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey Review

Egan’s 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey is neither a new whiskey nor a new brand in the Irish Whiskey vertical. The whiskey itself is sourced, most likely from Cooley, and the name is a re-birth of a brand that was around several decades ago. Though unlike a lot of the hokey whiskey stories that abound these days this story has real history to it that extends through the generations

In 1852 Patrick and Henry Egan founded P&H Egan and by 1896 they, and Patrick’s sons, were running one of the largest breweries in the Irish Midlands. By 1916 P&H Egan Ltd was involved in everything from Hotels to imports and by 1940 they were bottling Jameson and Paddy whiskey and making their own soda pops. However by 1968 they were caught in a loosing battle of global commerce and had to liquidate the company.

One of the Egan’s continued the bottling operations while another continued the Maltster business. 45 years later (2013) the company was reincorporate by Jonathan Egan and John Ralph. That’s when they began sourcing whiskey to bottle themselves and brings us to this. The Egans 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

Egan’s 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey Info

Region: County Louth, Ireland

Distiller: Cooley (my guess)
Bottler: P&H Egan Ltd
Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon
Age: 10 years
ABV: 47%

Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Price: $50*

Egan’s 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey Review

EYE
Tarnished gold

NOSE
Hay-like grassy malt, dried fruit, green and red apples, honey, oat-like biscuity graham, banana and a bit of vanilla and dark sweets. The honey and oat-like biscuity graham note reminds me Honey Nut Cheerios.

PALATE
Hay-like grassy malt, dried fruit, brittle, vanilla, apples and honey. Not as robust as the nose, but light notes of tropical fruit, SweeTarts, spice and earth add depth and dimension.

FINISH
Long notes of honey, dried fruit, malt, dark sweets, oak and SweeTarts slowly disappear.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Great balance, round full body and a weighty viscous feel.

OVERALL
Egan’s 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey has a nose that makes me think “rustic dessert”, a palate that makes me think “sweet and earthy fruit” and a finish that makes me think “yeah buddy”. They don’t specifically call out who the whiskey is coming from, but the only one that really makes sense is Cooley. Midleton doesn’t make a single malt, it does’t taste like Bushmills and all the other distilleries in Ireland are too young to have a 10 year single malt.

Jonathan and John have done a great job at selecting casks that have a lot of character to them for the Egan’s 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey. A character they thoughtfully preserved by bottling it at 94 proof and non-chill filtered, giving it a nice viscous feel that coats the mouth as well as it coats the glass. If you’re looking for something different for your St.Paddy’s day lineup, this would definitely do the trick.

SCORE: 87/100

*Disclosure: This sample of Egan's 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey was graciously sent to me by the company for the purposes of this review. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
Egan's 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey Review - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 87
  • Palate - 87
  • Finish - 87
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 87

Summary

Egan's 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey is a rich, flavorful and aromatic single malt that would be tasty any time of year.

Egan's 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey Label

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6 Responses to Egan’s 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey Review

  1. Great blog – interesting and independent reviews! Out of interest, are you planning on reviewing any/all of the Pappy range? I know the prices are crazy and its hard to get hold of but it would be good to hear whether you think (any of) the hype carries through into the actual product. Cheers, londonliquor (IG)

    • Thank you and that’s something I’m working on. I have a couple of Pappy samples here in the house I want to review and I’m trying to get a couple more so I can just do the whole set all at once. I’ve had them all and in a nut shell I think the 23 is over oaked, the 20 is good, the 15 is amazing, the 12 is alright and the Rye is freaking amazing. That all said none of them are worth their crazy ass secondary price though.

      • The Rye is my favourite for sure! The 20 & 10 are also both excellent – agree that the 23 is a bit over oaked. The British Bourbon Society have actually just organised a full horizontal Pappy Van Winkle tasting dinner at Burger & Lobster for less than 170 USD a head on 1 September. Check out the menu on their instagram or twitter page if you have a moment – it’s looking pretty awesome! If you felt like a London trip …

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