this time last year, I discovered something purely on accident: Two Stacks Dram in a Can Irish Whiskey. It was sitting by the cash register, and I bought
it with the full expectation it would be awful and I could pan it hard.
me, it wound up being my Best Irish Whiskey of 2023!
a dozen months, I’ve been trying to find a bottle from Two Stacks Whiskey Co. to taste what the brand offers. I searched in
Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and all over Wisconsin without avail. No one had
even heard of it. Then, when I was chatting with a local store owner friend and
asked if he had ever tried Two Stacks, he said, “Sure, I have a bottle on
the shelf.” So, I bought it; I didn’t even care what expression it was, and
that’s because I knew a bit of the brand’s background.
Stacks is a whiskey brand founded in 2020 by Shane McCarthy, Liam Brogan,
and Donal McLynn as one of only a handful of independent bonding and
blending facilities in Ireland.
“Our unique approach to working with some of Ireland's leading distilleries; selecting the finest spirit distilled across the Island allows us to create incredible expressions of whiskey never crafted nor tasted before. We continue to build our reputation on top of three key fundamentals and to help shape the future in Irish whiskey: Transparency, Creativity, and Innovation.” – Two Stacks
I wound up purchasing is called The
Blender’s Cut. Two Stacks describes this as a Cask
Strength, Complex Blend. Because of the brand’s philosophy, we know exactly
what’s in this Blended Irish Whiskey:
- 40% dark grain aged in virgin oak casks
- 40% light grain aged in Bourbon casks
- 8% Pot Still aged in Oloroso sherry butts
- 10% double malt aged in Bourbon casks
- 2% peated malt aged in Bourbon casks
Blender’s Cut is non-chill filtered and naturally colored. It weighs a healthy
65% ABV (130°), and a 750ml bottle costs around $60.00. It carries no age
statement. Incidentally, these are the same components as Dram in a Can, but at
very different proofs.
will be the highest-proofed Irish whiskey I’ve tasted to date. The soon-to-be
former placeholder is Blue Spot, which was around 117°.
simultaneously excited and hopeful that I won’t set myself up for
disappointment. Let’s #DrinkCurious…
Appearance: I poured
this bronze-colored whiskey into a Glencairn glass to sip neat. The microthin
rim released thick, wavy tears that quickly fell back into the pool.
aroma offered big smells of rich toffee, honey, chocolate, and nougat. I could
have easily been sniffing a candy bar. I found malted milk when I opened my
mouth and inhaled the vapor, making it more like a milkshake than a candy bar.
texture of this whiskey was full-bodied and creamy. While it warmed my mouth
and throat, it was only that – warm. The front featured apples, pears, and apricots.
I tasted cinnamon, toasted coconut, and roasted almonds as it moved to the
mid-palate. The virgin oak had an opportunity to shine on the back, along with light
smoke and honey.
Finish: The finish
plodded around for several minutes. It didn’t come through like a wave; it slowly
rumbled until eventually falling off. It left behind smoked oak, chocolate,
cinnamon, coconut, and a kiss of caramel.
Bottle, Bar, or Bust: Sipping
The Blender’s Cut was an experience. I didn’t just drink whiskey; I got lost in
it. This Irish whiskey drank way under its stated 130°. I poured a second glass
before I considered that part. Thankfully, I was home with no plans to leave. The
Blender’s Cut is stupendous. I’m thrilled this is not a limited-edition whiskey
and is affordable. Hopefully, you’ll have an easier time than me finding
a Bottle for yourself. Cheers!
My Simple, Easy-to-Understand
- Bottle = Buy It
- Bar = Try It
- Bust = Leave It
you to enjoy your whiskey as you see fit but begs you to do so responsibly.