Irishman Founder's Reserve Review

Irishman Founder's Reserve Review

The Walsh family has been at the center of the Irish whiskey renaissance, so I was thrilled to find a bottle of The Irishman Founder’s reserve at my local liquor store just before St. Paddy’s day. 


If you have read my Writer’s Tears review and tried that whiskey, the Walsh family was also behind that dram. What made the Irishman Founder’s Reserve rather unusual was the composition of its blend: 30 percent single-pot still and 70 percent single-malt. At the time of its release, it was the first-ever blended Irish whiskey with no grain or column still distillate. The Walsh family states that it should create a much more flavorful whiskey. Really? I’m excited to see.


Bernard Walsh once again decided to be original, and whether it’s a success or a failure, I always salute the courageous distillers willing to innovate. I was anxious to see under which category this dram would fall.




Just like most good old Irish whiskey, this spirit was triple-distilled. It was also aged in bourbon casks, and the packaging is beautiful. It looks elegant and classy. You don’t have the feeling that you’re buying a cheap Jameson bottle. This is a huge improvement compared to the Writer’s Tears.


Straight out of the bottle, I can smell the amazing sweet odor of peaches, with notes of apples as well. I basically feel like I’m holding a fruit basket.


At the first sip, the flavor profile begins to develop. It’s a light dram with glorious notes of vanilla and cinnamon. I can also taste the bourbon oak influence. And the cherry on top –  wow, I’m surprised by the everlasting finish, revealing lingering notes of butterscotch and oak.




In contrast to Scotch, or even Bourbon, Irish whiskey prices are still very reasonable. The Irishman Founder’s Reserve has been acclaimed by many, and it’s not all hype – I can easily see why. 


Walsh took a gamble here by innovating, and he won the jackpot. It’s very drinkable and unique in its kind. The last Irish whiskey I enjoyed as much was the Midleton Very Rare, and let’s just say that the price range isn’t even comparable.


It’s the kind of dram that will please the general crowd, and will keep me intrigued in any new release from the Walsh family. Let’s just hope that one of the big guys out there won’t come to buy them anytime soon. I want Bernard Walsh to keep mixing things up to create sensational, affordable whiskeys.


THE conclusion


By buying the bottles, you have a sure winner that will please you and everyone you’re sharing it with. 


Bring that up for discussion to look badass when tasting...



  • When the Walsh family established its distillery in 1999, there were only three distilleries in Ireland. Eight to 10 are expected to be running by the end of 2016, with a possibility of 20 new ones in the future.

  • Irish whiskey is the fastest-growing brown spirit. Ten years ago, it used to own a sad 1 percent of the global whiskey industry, and it has since quadrupled its market share. Ninety-five percent of what’s produced in Ireland is exported.

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