Robin Tucek and John Lamond, the authors of “The Malt Whisky File: The Essential Guide for the Malt Whisky Connoisseur” founded Blackadder International in 1995.
The company has been named after the fugitive 17th Century preacher John Blackadder, who evaded the authorities for seven years. Blackadder International specializes in single cask bottlings and Robin Tucek personally selects each cask. A Drop of the Irish is an Irish whiskey from undisclosed distillery however many believe it is alternative version of Bushmills single malt. The one presented here was finished in ex-sherry cask no. DI 2017-2 for unspecified period of time and bottled at natural strength of 59.2% abv in March 2017 with an outrun of 299 bottles.
Nose: slightly spirity, apples, bananas, papaya, coconut flakes, raisins, honey, vanilla, toffee and hints of sherried oak.
Palate: delicate sherry notes, raisins, banana bread, plums, baked apples, orange peel, milk chocolate, toffee, dash of pepper and oak.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of raisins, prunes, cherries, hints of cinnamon and leather and little oak.