May Lóag Oriel Whiskey Review

By Craig Ellis
Author Bio: Craig's love for all things whiskey began when he visited his first distillery, Talisker in 2006. During his free time, he likes to visit distilleries around the globe, planning his travel around these locations. Craig created The Pot Still in 2016 when he first started to collect rare and unusual whiskeys. His whiskey collection has grown and grown since. Craig writes and reviews independently and is not commissioned by any brand or distillery. Craig's views and opinions are his own.
May Lóag Oriel Whiskey Review

May-Lóag gets its name from the Irish slang expression that means "the one that stands out from the throng," which was inspired by the rolling drumlins of the ancient Kingdom of Oriel. The beautiful decanter-style bottle and bolt stopper used by May-Lóag Whiskeys symbolize both the industrial past of the Old Carrick Mill and the local myth of the Black Ram of Derrylavan.

“May-Lóag Spirits are proud to introduce a new range of Irish Whiskeys, alongside our unique Irish Pink Gin, distilled with Dragonfruit. The revised range, now in a stunning new bottle, will undoubtedly quickly become a favourite for back-bars and at home drinks cabinets.”
- Mark Craig, Brand Manager, May-Lóag Spirits


A naughty black ram is said to prowl the oak woodlands along the historic route from Carrickmacross to Bailieborough, according to local tradition around the Old Mill at Derrylavan. It was said that the Ram was known to engage in rascality at one specific location when travelers crossed the stream at the Ford of Beal na Meala. The Ram was said to frequently sneak up on unsuspecting victims and throw them headfirst into the stream below with a dunt of his horns. May-disobedient Lóag's nature still exhibits this sense of mischief now.

This outstanding new flagship blend from May Loag is inspired by the ancient kingdom of Oriel, the location of the Old Carrick Mill. The wonderful juicy cherry flavours and deep red wine influences are imparted through maturation in bourbon, red wine, and sherry casks.

A very expressive & engaging sweet nose enticed me in, quite light on the palate yet subtle notes of dark fruitiness provided welcome depth, and a gently pleasing spice rounded this very well balanced & delightful blend up. Available to purchase from Irish Malts here.



Tasting Notes: May Lóag Oriel Whiskey Review

Bright, fresh citrus zest and green apple orchard.

Juicy red berries balanced with rich red wine/tannin influence.

Honey wheat/cereal grain and subtle spice amongst lingering red berries.

Tags: Irish Whiskey, May Loag

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