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Spade & Bushel 10 year old, 57.5%

Price: $40 Issue: Winter 2016 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

The Connacht Whiskey Company's first release comes in small bottles, but it goes a long way. Whole lemons, yellow plum, pine floor cleaner, and a light smear of vanilla. Neat, there's a real intensity of lemon-drenched sweet oak with a boiled candy finish, but it's much more enjoyable brought down in strength. The soft fruits shine; it's lemony though less acidic, and the barley notes show their best side. One of the tastiest sourced whiskeys on the Irish market. (5,000 bottles) Price is per 375 ml.