GSN Review: The Busker Irish Whiskies

The Busker collection includes all four types of Irish whiskeys (Single Grain, Single Pot Still, Single Malt and Blend), each produced at the Royal Oak Distillery, in County Carlow Ireland, located on an 18th century estate in Ireland’s Ancient East region. The Busker uses different casks during the maturation process of their whiskeys including Bourbon casks, Sherry casks, and Marsala casks.

“We aim to disrupt the Irish Whiskey category by attracting new and authenticity-seeking consumers to the brand”, says Ray Stoughton, Executive Vice President of Disaronno International LLC, The Busker’s parent company. “While we honor the rich Irish heritage and whiskey-making traditions to produce superb liquid, we go beyond the limitations and lines of history to create our own story.”

A major point of differentiation for The Busker takes place during the aging process where the blend Triple Cask Triple Smooth and Single Grain expressions mature in authentic, Cantine Florio (1833) Sicilian Marsala wine casks.


The Busker Single Grain – GSN’s Remarks: Intriguing nose that has elements of fresh corn, vanilla, and a touch of citrus. In other words, sweet. And the flavor gives you even more of a sugar rush. this is kept in check somewhat by the oaky edge, but still a malt bomb. Short, sweet finish with a baked good essence. It’s a perfect introduction to a novice drinker, but overall, not what we’d expect from an Irish. GSN Rating: C+

The Busker Single Malt – GSN’s Remarks: Breakfast greets the nose with a malty, honeyed, lightly fruited scent. Upon the first taste, the fruit definitely comes through, reminiscent of apple pie. The finish relatively long with a slightly tannic note, and the apple pie sensibility lingering. Very drinkable and a solid performer. GSN Rating: B+

The Busker Single Pot Still – GSN’s Remarks: A warm entry on the nose with notes of vanilla pecan and honey lemon. The initial flavor is quite easy going and approachable with a smooth maltiness and touches of s’mores, albeit not as sweet. A fine and friendly Irish which is great as a shot, or used in an Irish Coffee. GSN Rating: B+

The Busker Triple Cask Triple SmoothGSN’s Remarks: More of what we now expect from The Busker. Maltiness, grainy, and a touch of sweet citrus. On the palate, there is a nutty sweetness, cinnamon cracker and a well-rounded viscosity. The finish is medium-long with a cooling effect at the end. Overall, of the four whiskies, this one gets our vote for best expression. GSN Rating: A-

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