Hello from a newbie. I have been lurking for a while but find it refreshing that I actually have some knowledge to impart, as I bought a bottle of Irish Manor several months ago.
I live in Philadelphia, where the importer of Irish Manor is based. Ironically enough, I found the bottle in Delaware (an adjoining state) because our strict liquor laws mandate all wine and spirits be sold through state-owned stores. The selection of Irish whiskey in Pennsylvania state owned stores is horrendous. Thus, most of us lucky enough live near another state usually resort to crossing the border to satisfy our needs.
I'm afraid my relative inexperience won't permit me to impart much knowledge as to the nose, taste or finish of Irish Manor. I am just getting into spirits so my tasting notes usually consist of banalities such as "Nose: alcohol. Taste: alcohol. Finish: umm ... alcohol?"
What I can say is that Irish Manor tastes nothing like my favorites in the realm of Irish whiskey (Powers Gold Label, Jameson 12yr and Redbreast 12yr). I couldn't detect anything in the nose except maybe a hint of smoke. Further, I found the taste slightly harsh but then again as a newbie I find most everything distilled to be that way. The finish reminds me of a Bushmills White Bush with the hint of smoke evident from the nose. Beyond that, I don't think my meager skills can discern anything useful.
For locals interested in trying it, I found my bottle at Total Wine in Claymont, DE (near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Naamans Road). Interestingly enough I do not recall seeing Irish Manor on the shelf during my most recent visit around three weeks ago. I paid around $20-22 US for a 750ml bottle. If anything, I see the latter as an indication of the target market (i.e. the "value" end of the spectrum). For my money, I'd rather spend the $22 on a bottle of Powers Gold Label any day.
Hope you have found this post slightly informative.
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