John L Sullivan Irish Whiskey
John L. Sullivan // Ireland
This brand was reintroduced in 2018 by M.S. Walker, a New England-based importer & distributor of wines & spirits. The whiskey is triple-distilled and aged in former bourbon barrels. It's named after an Irish-American professional boxer, John L. Sullivan. Born in Boston in 1858, he was the last bare-knuckle boxing heavyweight champ and the first gloved boxing heavyweight champ. Availability beginning March 2018.
BlendedComprised of both single malt(s) and single grain(s) often from many different distilleries; if Scotch or Irish must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels; Irish may include single pot still whiskey in the blend.
"This needs a little more muscle. The aroma is light and offers traditional Irish whiskey notes of green apples, bananas, porridge, and vanilla. The palate strives for the same profile but comes off weak and out of balance. The fruit and vanilla notes seem watered down and the sweetness artificial. A bump in alcohol would go a long way here."