Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey: the type of whiskey you'd add Cola to.
Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey is a brand founded by Mixed Martial Arts Champion Conor McGregor under his Eire Born Spirits company. The name refers to the southwest area where McGregor hails, Dublin 12. McGregor worked in concert with master distiller David Elder, formerly of Guinness, to decide on the final blend selected from almost 100 blends. This is a triple-distilled blended whiskey matured in former bourbon barrels. Notably, the company will donate $5 for every case sold to local first responder organisations & charities up to $1 million annually. This expression is chill filtered, bottled at 40% ABV and contains artificial colouring. The average price for this bottle is around $30.
On the nose: very light and fruity. There's pears and apples, vanilla and in the back some honey.
On the palate: one might expect a UFC fighter's whiskey to have some kick, but Proper 12 lands on the palate with the softest of touches. It's disappointingly light-bodied, with the influence of bourbon casks adding some much-needed character with notes of vanilla and touch of charred oak. Hints of pear and jasmine are the highlight of the whiskey.
Finish: short with light fruity notes and vanilla.
Overall: How much can you expect from a $30 bottle of whiskey these days? It's the type of bottle you'd add Cola to.