Egan’s pays tribute to co-founder Henry J. Egan with the introduction of Fortitude, a rare non-chill filtered single malt Irish whiskey matured exclusively in Pedro Ximénez casks. The only Irish whiskey to be aged in this way, Fortitude demonstrates the ambition of the Egan family to challenge the status quo.
P.&H. Egan was founded in 1852 in Tullamore, Ireland by Henry J. Egan and Patrick Egan, Sr. As wine & spirit merchants, Egan’s developed an extensive trade–both domestically and for export–bottling and bonding many Irish whiskies as well as importing large quantities of sherry, port and rum.
“His stalwart character and fierce resolve made him a passionate Irishman and formidable businessman, leading the Egan name to become one of the most recognized whiskey brands in Ireland,” remarked Jonathan Egan, part of the sixth generation of the Egan family. “With the marriage of sherry and single malt Irish whiskey, Fortitude is a nod to that time in our heritage when Henry sought to bring the best of Ireland to the world, and best of the world to back home to Ireland.”
Egan’s Fortitude (92 proof)
Visual: Medium gold.
Nose: The distillate itself comes through loud and clear. The sherry cask adds a curious sweet funk that keeps things interesting. Fulsome, unusual and somehow very old school in sensibility.
Taste: Oddly, the first notes I get are of smoke. If I didn’t know better, I would have guessed this is a Scotch. But, the sherry does eventually come through, adding a richness that melds into the whiskey and making it quite rowdy. There’s a lot going on here that you will simply not find in most Irish whiskies.
Finish: Long with a drawn out sweet, almost dessert-like end.
Overall: Unique. Masterfully done and the name is well-chosen. This has enough character to slap you in the face and then give you another for good measure.
GSN Rating: A-
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