Werther's Original candy | Bright grain | Slight earthiness | Salty new oak | Light but interesting
Fresh grain | Light oak | Green peppercorn spice | Light caramel hard candy | Sugary sweetness | Bright & lively
Pop of peppercorn spice | Barley | New oak | Butterscotch hard candy | Mild heat
Young age and blended with grain whiskey distilled in Ireland usually spells disaster, however, Talnua Heritage Selection beats the odds and offers a surprisingly unique pour.
Located in Denver, Colorado, husband and wife team Patrick and Meagan Miller opened Talnua Distillery in 2019. Heavily influenced by their Irish ancestry, the company states that the distillery’s name “is born of the Irish-Gaelic words ‘Talamh’, meaning ‘Land’, and ‘Nua’, meaning ‘New’.”
The company's Heritage Selection is billed as an American single pot still whiskey. “Our Heritage Selection pays homage to the tradition of blending whiskeys by marrying our estate produced American Pot Still Whiskey with Grain Whiskey distilled in Ireland; aged a minimum of 18 months. The pot still whiskey is produced using an unmalted and malted barley mash, triple distilled in copper pot stills, and aged in charred American white oak casks. The grain whiskey was hand selected and brought home to Colorado to be finished in second-fill Colorado whiskey barrels. These two whiskeys are blended together to create a distinctly Irish-American expression.”
An 18 month old American whiskey blended with grain whiskey from Ireland is a tough sell for most whiskey drinkers to take a chance on based on background alone. However, Talnua Heritage Selection is a surprising pour that beats expectations at every corner. Pouring it into a glass reveals a hay colored lighter whiskey, which when its youthfulness is taken into account, sets the table for low expectations. The overall sip is bright and lively highlighting a nice balance between the grain and sweeter flavors, most notably in the form of various hard candies. It’s light in some parts, yet still well defined, and the scents and flavors that appear, present a nice contrast to one another. Its asking price is high for what it is, but if you’re a fan of Irish whiskey and want to try a uniquely American style Irish-American expression, Talnua Heritage Selection is worth seeking out.