Purists may have strong feelings about this one. Consistent flavor profiles are notoriously difficult to achieve in blended whiskeys, but when it’s a blend of two different origins — one from the States and the other from Ireland — this may be the perfect mixture for controversy among whiskey connoisseurs. It’s a good thing that the Seven Three Irish Channel Whiskey took home gold at the American Whiskey Masters, quelling all unfounded concerns about a blend of a ten-year-old American and three-year-old Irish whiskey.
Aptly named after the historic Irish Channel neighborhood in New Orleans that blended American and Irish cultures, the 90 proof Seven Three Irish Channel Whiskey offers a complete note combining vanilla wafer, butterscotch pudding, light shaved coconut, creamed corn, malt, and fresh orchard fruit such as pear, apple and peach. Add that to a cognac barrel and you have a winning formula with depth and complexity and should not only please most taste buds but also convert that of the most discerning purists.