With an eye-catching bottle that sports a spiked leather dog collar, Triple Dog Irish whiskey certainly works to get our attention. Its distillation is, for the most part, typically Irish, including both malted and unmalted barley and a triple distillation using both pot and column stills, which takes place in the town of Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland. However, there is also a small amount of oats in the mashbill, which is mainly seen in pure pot still Irish whiskeys. Additionally, whereas most Irish whiskey is aged in ex-bourbon or ex-sherry casks, Triple Dog is aged a minimum of four years in French oak. On their website and again on the bottle, Triple Dog boasts of notes of crème brûlée. Let’s pour a glass and see for ourselves.
They weren’t lying. Crème brûlée notes indeed appear prominently on the nose and palate, and they are big, custardy, and delicious. Vanilla and caramel can also be found rolling around in this excellent dessert dram. There is sweetness and richness here, but the whiskey has balance and doesn’t reach the point of being cloying. This is a bit of a one-dimensional whiskey, but it is a lovely dimension and surprisingly deep in body for being so young. Frankly, there are more complex whiskeys out there that I enjoy less. Triple Dog whiskey will be a crowd pleaser and would be an excellent choice for introducing newbies to the world of whiskey. That said, this veteran enjoyed his first glass and is looking forward to pouring a second.
A- / $40 / tripledogwhiskey.com