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Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey

(70cl, 42%)

Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey

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Glendalough Double Barrel Bottling Note

Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey is a single grain Irish whiskey, initially matured in American bourbon barrels before enjoying a finishing period of six months in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks. This comes bottled at 42% ABV, brought down to this strength by Wicklow mountain water. A rather tasty release presented by Glendalough, rich in vanilla, caramel, Christmas spices and dried fruit notes.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: A creamy, malty nose begins with rich vanilla, white chocolate and buttery fudge. Notes of cooking apples, white grapes, marzipan icing and toasted oak form in the backdrop.

Palate: Succulent caramel, salty melted butter and crème anglaise provide a thick, decadent sweetness with a fruity underlay from blackberries and marmalade.

Finish: Polished oak and a hint of wood spice linger.

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Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey Reviews

Kind of a let down

Lately I have been on a quest to try every Irish whiskey I can so when we got this at our store for $30 I had to grab a bottle. Upon opening I immediately noticed it was extremely fumey and alcoholic smelling with no discernable nose so I let it sit in the glass for about 15 minutes to breathe and it was still very fumey. Upon tasting I was surprised by how harsh this was really sharp and prickly on the palate. There are some nice vanilla custard notes in there but the spirit itself is so rough all you taste is alcohol.This is almost reminiscent of a few american ryes I've had but as an Irish whiskey I would expect something smoother and tastier. I have to say I am not a fan of this one, kind of a let down. The Sugarbear

10th July 2020

Nope, won't be getting this again

Not for me this one, flavours are decent but it's very sharp.
Was looking forward to it after the reviews but was left disappointed if I'm being honest.

9th July 2020

Not for me

I like the strong/lasting aftertaste, yet same double casked Bushmills Black Bush wins by a margin. Subjectively for me.

10th May 2020

buttery sweet

gorgeous whiskey - custard-y, caramel-y... lovely

5th April 2020

Deliciously Different

The first dram of this made me sit up and take notice and the more I drank it, the better it got! This single grain has a unique taste and is complex in it's own way. For less than £35, it's certainly worth picking up a bottle - or two!

14th January 2020


Very sooth, really like the palate

19th December 2019

A delicious taste of home.

I’m usually more of a red wine drinker but my sister gifted this to me and I love it. I always thought of glendalough as a place to walk the dog but it turns out they do a decent whiskey too.

9th June 2019

Do try

Superb for à grain. Lots of aroma and richness in there. Like à matured in bourbon casks malt very fruity with even candy Like notes.

16th March 2019

Very nice smooth whiskey.

Very nice. Usually a scotch drinker. Went through an irish whiskey experimental stage. Currently trying out bourbons. Went looking for a bottle of irish whiskey for St. Patrick's day. Not a fan of too biting or too sweet. Recognized the bottle from a review I read recently. As with most whiskeys, I tried some neat at first. My one complaint is that this is such a nice sip, I can't bring myself to add ice or a splash of water. Hits the perfect notes for me. Smooth but not bland. Not overly complex but sometimes that's a good thing. Big fan.

16th March 2019

My satisfaction is guaranteed

This is a very nice product, I tried and like it very much.

10th March 2019

Great product

This is a wonderful idea to produce the great work. I tried and really enjoyed

18th February 2019

Not good for my taste

Ok, I hate to be that one guy, but I nearly hated this whiskey. There was no good flavor to be found for me. Straight, some water, on the rocks, nothing worked. I'm going to give it a 2 star because I'm hoping I got a bad bottle. Yes, I'm a bourbon fan most of the time, but I had high expectations that weren't met. It really is possible that it's just my tastes aren't sophisticated for this, but I was let down.

8th February 2019

Damn good

I've had more expensive whiskey that I enjoyed a lot less. Smooth, sweet and buttery, with a little spice. Not your average Irish but worth every penny.

6th January 2019

see above

I DID get it in Canada , it took me to heaven & I'm an atheist!
Paul Kirmmse

26th December 2018


I discovered this in the duty free shop in Shannon Airport. I was greeted by a young fellow handing out samples one of which I tasted. I took another just to make sure and could not believe how smooth it is. I just discovered this website and am comforted in knowing I can order it sent to me in the States

8th September 2018


I discovered this in the duty free shop in Shannon Airport. I was greeted by a young fellow handing out samples one of which I tasted. I took another just to make sure and could not believe how smooth it is. I just discovered this website and am comforted in knowing I can order it sent to me in the States

8th September 2018

Smooth and enjoyable

Very smooth tasty dram with a lovely fruity undertone due to the sherry finish. great whiskey for the price point.

27th August 2018

Very nice, smooth.

So I just started drinking Irish Whiskey. The usual suspects of Red Bush and Jamiesons. Saw this Double Barrel on sale, the label was a good read so I really enjoy this fruity whiskey and I'll buy it again.

2nd July 2018

the best

taste like crap, don't buy it

18th June 2018

Buy this Whiskey

Let me get one thing out of the way before I state my review: Black Bush is my go-to when I'm at home. I enjoy the direct, unvarnished flavour of this sherry cask whiskey. When I'm on the road, it's Johnnie Walker Red (because I can never find someone stocking BB): slightly smoky, and it fulfils the basic requirements of drinkable whiskey. Both are well made, slightly complicated, rugged and handsome enough to get by, just like me. So understand that as a bias in my review.

And so, based on my statement above, this Glendalough was an interesting departure from BB and JWR. It has some spice to it, that's for sure.

Unlike my go-to whiskeys, this has a spicy aroma: vanilla; nuttiness; (cinnamon?); and to the guy/gal that said 'bubblegum': yes, weirdly, a bit, since you mentioned it. Now, don't let that last aromatic aspect put you off. This is good whiskey. Sure, if you're like me (and God help you if you are), the first whiff might be a bit of a surprise: where is the smoke? Where is the peat? Where is the unveiled anger? Why does this even have something to smell at all?

Well, as my wife usually reminds me, I shouldn't expect everything to be the same, day in, day out. "Would you want to hang around with the same person, twenty-four/seven?" she said as the basis for her argument. I looked at her as she spoke, as I had everyday for the last seventeen years and thought, wise words. (I jest). The same applies to whiskey. Sure, it's different, but why the hell would you want to drink a whiskey that smells/tastes just like your 'go-to'?

I'm halfway through the bottle now, and I'd have to say that I quite like this whiskey. I'm not a sophisticated aficionado, but this is a drinkable whiskey. I'll by it again.

As a side note, I'd like to say that this is a new Irish whiskey distillery (opened 2011). I think we could use more diversity in Irish whiskey, like we have with Scotch, so we should all support the new Irish distillers.

I'm glad you all agree.


8th April 2018


Very nice notes. Truly Irish with a lovely velvet texture.

17th March 2018

The best whiskey I have ever tasted

Whiskey is not my first choice when it comes to hard liquor. However, when leaving Ireland for home, there was a tasting at the duty free in Dublin airport. I love this whiskey and hope I can get more once the one bottle I bought runs out.

16th March 2018

Great whiskey

A pleasant surprise. A very nice smooth taste

4th March 2018

Nice surprise!

Very pleasantly surprised with this Irish Whiskey. I hadn't heard of it before I saw it at the local shop here where I live outside Boston. It's smooth and the mellow vanilla, caramel, and spice notes sit well with my palate. Will definitely be a go-to of mine!

1st February 2018


I'm not an expert by any means, but tell me if you don't get bubble gum on the nose. It's sweet, but a candylike sweetness, not fruity. Finish is smooth.

31st December 2017

Got to try this Whiskey, it's so smooth & very drinkable

I'm on my second bottle of Double Barrel and I have to say it's probably one of the best whiskey I've ever tasted, & I've tasted quite a few. I just love its smooth vanilla flavor. I first tasted it at the Whiskey museum in Dublin & then visited Glendalough. I'm hoping that I get a bottle of 7 year old Glendalough for Christmas. This comment comes from someone born within 10 miles of Bushmills, Co Antrim.

8th December 2017

Try it - you'll like it!

Found it on sale at my local outlet for $28(US). Was very excited based on what I had seen here earlier.

Opened it up and poured some in a glass with one cube of ice. Initial impression was not good - harsh smell, almost of petrol - very high alcohol sniff.
Fortunately I braved it out. Wow!
My favorite these days has been Teeling (as a benchmark), and I find base level Jameson/Bushmills to be harsher than I would like. Glendalough has just a little bit of the harshness, but also a hint of sweet (honey?) that makes it go down very easily. No burn on the throat at the end. If you can get over the initial sniff you will be very pleased!

10th April 2017

Flavourful and easy-drinking

Flavourful and sweet, this easy-drinking whiskey is distinctly Irish. Surprisingly good for such a young whiskey.

30th March 2017


very nice whiskey nice and fruity if u like irish whiskey in general this will be rite up ur alley

19th June 2016

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