O’Hara’s excellent barrel aged series continues with Number Three, a Barley Wine Aged in Irish Whiskey Barrels. A barley wine is really just another name for a strong English style ale. Aging it in barrels doesn’t decrease that already pretty hefty alcohol content. In keeping with it’s name I would suggest that you drink it in the same way you would a fine wine, that is, slowly!
This is a drink that has more layers than an onion. First you get that plummy, cakey fruitiness, then there is some mellow biscuitiness (sic) and lastly you get a similar warmth that you get with a good Irish whiskey. I decided to go a bit mad and break out the blue cheese.
Cashel make great blue cheese and I reckon it was a good match for the barley wine. Two great Irish products forming a fantastic union. There are only 1700 bottles of this edition available so don’t waste time seeking it out.