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Irish Whisky Review

Lambay Single Malt
Irish Whiskey

40% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
Colour Status Unknown

Our Score

Value Score

From the Distillery Website

100 % malt spirit, triple distilled, bourbon cask matured and finished in cognac casks that have been racked in our bonded warehouse the Sea Cask Room, exposed to the bracing sea air on the shoreline of Lambay Island. Trinity Well water from Lambay is added at the final finish, making this whiskey as unique as the island itself!

COLOUR: Mahogany Brown

AROMA: Malt, Green Fruits, Floral, Ripe Bananas

TASTE: Coconut, Malt, Dried Berries/FruitsFINISH: Long Lasting Malt with Lingering Sweetness and Green Fruits

Our Review

Review Number 52 is another double review, this time from the Irish distiller Lambay.

Lambay is the partnership between the Camus and Baring families. Launched in 2017, initially in travel retail. 
"The triple-distilled line, aimed at the premium end of the market, has been developed initially in two versions, a small batch blend and a single malt. It is matured and finished in Cognac casks in a warehouse close to the sea on Lambay Island. The partners have established the Lambay Island Whiskey Company, based in Dublin, to build the portfolio. The company is led by Managing Director and experienced industry executive Jean-David Costerg." (source: Moodiedavitt )

The Single Malt is triple distilled, it is sourced from a distillery in West Cork, initially matured in high rye content ex-bourbon casks before a period of around 6 months finishing in ex-congnac cask where it is racked in the Lambay Island sea cask room. Bottled at 40% ABV, it is not chill filtered, which for a 40% whisk(e)y is almost unheard of, the bottle mentioned non chill filtered on the lower left corner of the front label, something that will please Ralfy no end. It doesn't carry an age statement.

It retails for average of £56.29 and is non chill filtered, is 40% ABV and has no age statement although it is believed to be aged for around five and a half year. This all contributes to it having a value score of 84.97 out of 100.

On the nose; It is fruity with vanilla and spice. The fruits display as berries and citrus, there are notes of cream and some aniseed, towards the end banana shows up.

On the palate, its the same story, creamy with citrus, berries and spice. And maybe baby sick? there is definitely that note going on. We also get black tea which leads to a drying finish.

With such a small sample, getting a full experience is difficult. There is nothing wrong with this whiskey, it is pleasant enough and it's not too memorable. The price is quite high for what you get and as such we would probably be reluctant to drink it often, but its not quite good enough to be a special whiskey. For an overall score we give it 83 out of 100.

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Additional Info

  • Country: Ireland
  • Region: Dublin
  • Age Statement: Non Age Statement
  • Chill Filtered: Chill Filtered (CF)
  • Colour Status: Natural Colour
  • ABV: 40%
  • Cask Strength: No
  • Colour: Mahogany Brown
  • Peated / Smoke: Unpeated
  • Cask Finish / Maturation: Ex-Bourbon Matured and Ex-Cognac Cask Finish
  • Single Cask: No
  • Mash Bill: Barley
  • Bottle Sizes: 700ml
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • Whisky Experience Level: Beginner
  • Average Price (or RRP): £56.29
  • Value Score: 84.97
  • Our Score: 83
  • Ownership: Lambay Irish Whiskey DAC
  • Bottle Stopper: Natural Cork
  • Brand: Lambay
  • Packaging: No Packaging
  • Category: Single Malt
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