Greenore is a small town in Ireland, and the Greenore range of Irish whiskies is made in the nearby Cooley distillery. It is an Irish single grain, and Greenore is made of 100% corn (with a small amount of malted barley to aid fermentation). It is aged in first fill ex-bourbon casks at the 200-year-old warehouses at the Locke's distillery at Kilbeggan in County Westmeath. Greenore was first released in 2005 and there are now also 15 and 18 year old expressions. The similarities with the Mellow Corn are clear, but so are the differences! This sits comfortably alongside Mellow Corn but this is an altogether more disciplined and accomplished whiskey, but still surprisingly fresh and vibrant after eight years in the cask. The clean grain is accompanied by green fruits, and rich mouth-coating oils, and there's an astringent and abrasive aspect to the whiskey too. Intriguing and enjoyable.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: shy, damp hay, pear blossom, lighty-stewed apples, honey, vegetal.
Palate: initially smoky, slight woodiness and then smooths off at the end.
Retails for around £33