GSN Review: McCabe’s Irish Whiskey

The origin of clan McCabe,named for its elaborate headgear, “Caba” dates back to the year 1350, when clan members traveled from Scotland to Ireland as mercenaries, or gallowglasses, to fight for warring Irish chiefs. Shortly after their arrival, the McCabes established themselves as a powerful Irish dynasty among the hilly countrysides of today’s modern counties of Leitrim and Cavan. These Scotch-Irish mercenaries shared not only a zest for life, but also a common tradition in celebrating it with great whiskey.

Nearly 700 years later, McCabe’s Irish Whiskey holds true to its name — pot-distilled in Ireland,  hallmarked by a light golden color, and imbued with the essences of the malt and grains with which it is crafted, this true Irish whiskey is proofed and bottled in Brown County, Indiana by Hard Truth Distilling Co.

McCabe’s Irish Whiskey (80 proof)
Appearance: Pale gold.
Aroma: Quite malty with a lot of mid-range. Some mild wood tones it down a bit.
Taste: Sweeter than we expected, but also with very little character. This tastes like a very young whiskey that needs to age longer to show it’s true potential. There is also a bitter edge that creeps in after a short while that seems out of place.
Finish: Medium-long, with a burnt caramel flavor that stays on.
Overall: We wanted to like this one, but it seems like the time in barrel, and perhaps the spirit itself is lacking something to bring it up a notch.
GSN Rating: B-

For more information go to: Hard Truth Distilling