"THE BIG FELLOW"
Brand: Michael Collins
Type: Irish Blended Whiskey
Current Owner: Beam Inc.
Age: 4 to 12 years
Maturation: bourbon-seasoned American Oak
Alcohol by Volume: 40%
|This actually the old bottle, but it's tall and lean;|
plus it matches my mini bottle
The vast majority of Irish blends contain a portion of triple-distilled pot still whiskey (from a mash of malted and unmalted barley) and grain whiskey. Like a Scotch blend, Michael Collins is a mix of double-distilled single malt and grain whiskey.
The Cooley distillery specializes in single malts as opposed to the single pot still whiskey coming from the Midleton distillery. They make a number of very different single malts (two reported on here and here), from the Connemara peated brands to the unpeated finished Tyrconnell whiskies to a Michael Collins 10 year old to a number of small independent bottlings.
So this blend is structurally different that Powers, Jamesons, Paddy, and Tullamore Dew. Is it better or worse or similar...?
Color -- Light brass
Nose -- Bananas, paste, flatulence (not petrol gas and not sulphur but really farty, unmistakable), burnt caramelized brown sugar, ethyl, notebook paper, and wood grain
Palate -- Pears, whipped cream, burnt toast, vanilla, very sweet
Finish -- Vanilla and fruit sweets, but also brief and salty
Nose -- Ethyl and notebook paper are all that remain
Palate -- Lots of vanilla, sweetened whole milk or perhaps vanilla yogurt?, toffee
Finish -- Short, but noticeable toffee and vanilla
So if you're not getting all hoity-toity with your booze and just want something that works well when it hits your lips, Michael Collins isn't a bad choice. It holds water decently, and might (might) stand up to a highball or mixing due to its sweetness.
Availability - Most liquor stores
Pricing - Decent at $24-$30
Rating - 75