Fighting 69th Single Malt Irish Whiskey Review

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Fighting 69th Single Malt Irish Whiskey is the brand's second release. It is matured in used bourbon barrels, then finished in sherry, port and rum casks. So what's it like? Learn all about it in our review!

The Fighting 69th
Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Triple Pot Distilled
86 Proof
Limited Release
Distilled, Aged & Bottled in Ireland
MSRP: $59.99
Review

Please enjoy our Fighting 69th Single Malt Irish Whiskey review!

The Fighting 69th Was Founded In 1849

The Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey brand is named after the 69th Regiment of the U.S. Army. According to the distillery, the Fighting 69th was founded in 1849 as a New York State Irish militia. The regiment has seen combat in five wars: the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. So, with that amazing heritage, the members of the Fighting 69th needed an appropriate whiskey with which to toast. Thus, Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey was born.

The Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey Brand Was Born In 2019

The inaugural release of Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey was in December 2019. Fighting 69th Single Malt Irish Whiskey is the their second release. It was initially introduced in New York in late October 2023, to be made available in time for Veterans Day. As supplies last, it will be rolled out to other states. Of note, however, it is a limited release. So, you’ll need to grab a bottle as quickly as you can.

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How Is The Single Malt Irish Whiskey Made?

Fighting 69th Single Malt Irish Whiskey is triple distilled, aged and bottled in Ireland. Aging takes place in a combination of used bourbon, sherry, port and rum casks. I am assuming that the initial maturation takes place in used bourbon barrels for at least 3 years, and the whiskey is then finished in those other barrels, similar to their initial release.

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Tasting Notes – Fighting 69th Single Malt Irish Whiskey Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn Glass & The Fighting 69th Shot Glass

👉🏻Nose: Tart orange citrus & grapefruit, Granny Smith and red delicious apples, subtle Bartlett pears; mild sugar sweetness; light caramel and honey; mild alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Mildly sweet pears are dominant; orange and grapefruit citrus towards the back; light honey & caramel; dry oak; fairly “soft”
👉🏻Finish: Orange & grapefruit citrus and light caramel continue; there is a bit of white pepper spice and dry oak; mild sweetness, too; dryness come later on with lingering tart fruits; moderately long finish, with a nice lasting warmth.

The flavors are fairly consistent throughout, although their intensity changes. The tart citrus is most dominant in the nose, remaining, but becoming less intense in the taste. The taste has a surprisingly soft mouthfeel with respect to the nose, with mildly sweet Bartlett pears in the forefront. Some of that intensity returns again in the finish with the tart fruits again coming forward, with the addition of white pepper spice and dry oak.

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How Does Fighting 69th Single Malt Irish Whiskey Compare To The Original Release?

I compared this new Single Malt to the initial Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey. The initial release has much more sweet Bartlett pears in the nose, whereas the tart citrus flavors from oranges and grapefruit, with some added Granny Smith apples, are more dominant in the nose of the Single Malt. The Single Malt softens considerably in the taste, where mildly sweet pears become more noticeable, with the finish returning to tart citrus, with some added white pepper spice and dry oak. That’s quite different from their regular Irish Whiskey in which there is pear, light honey and caramel throughout with mild black pepper spice in the finish.

One dollar of every bottle sold will support the Sixty-Ninth Infantry Regiment Historical Trust, a 501-c-3 not-for-profit foundation. The Trust’s purpose is to preserve the history and traditions of the Regiment. In addition, the Trust provides financial and other assistance to unit members, veterans, and/or their families.

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Conclusion – Fighting 69th Single Malt Irish Whiskey Review

I am very much enjoying the Fighting 69th Single Malt Irish Whiskey. Even though the proof is the same as the initial release, this one takes it up a notch. I enjoy how the flavors alternate from the nose to the taste to the finish. Have you tried either Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey? What did you think? Cheers!🥃

We hope you have enjoyed our Fighting 69th Single Malt Irish Whiskey review! Next, you’ll want to read our review of this first release in our Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey Review!

The bottle for this review was graciously provided by the brand.

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