Egan’s Irish Whiskey recently added a new, limited-edition Legacy Reserve to its portfolio. The new expression ups the ante on its predecessors, the 10-Year-Old Single Malt and Vintage Grain, which were introduced to the U.S. markets in 2015 and 2017, respectively. A legacy brand, Egan’s has enjoyed a revival in recent years.
“We’ve been in the whiskey-making business for over a century and a half; that’s six generations of Irish blood in each bottle,” says Jonathan Egan, part of the sixth generation of the Egan Family. “Legacy Reserve is an ultra-premium single malt, about as perfect as an Irish whiskey can get.”
Legacy Reserve is limited to 1,000 bottles worldwide— an exceptionally rare spirit ideally suited for collectors and connoisseurs. Aged for 15 years in American bourbon casks, each bottle is hand-selected by Maurice and Jonathan Egan, whose forefathers Patrick and Henry Egan began the brand six generations ago.
“Legacy Reserve is meant to be had neat or on the rocks — that’s the Irish way, and the only way,” says CEO John Ralph. “We’re a bare-knuckles brand. With this bottle, we’re out to prove that small, thoughtfully produced legacy spirits have a viable place in the global market.”
Visual: Light gold.
Nose: Mildly sweet malt essence with a light touch of smoked vanilla bean.
Taste: A good dose of barrel wood heads out of the gate, followed by a chewy malt texture. There is a lot going on here in a very tight, compact package. Some dry spice creeps in towards the end, but overall this is exactly what it needs to be.
Finish: Long with a lingering tannic/vanilla afterburn.
Overall: Well done, quite quaffable and a special treat for those who rarely see Irish whiskies in this age range.
GSN Rating: A
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