Pops McCann is available in a small number of states at the moment and offers several different offerings. I actually picked it up by accident because the little liquor store I found it in had put it with the Irish Whiskey and I thought I’d found a new Irish Whiskey offering.
At least I’m 99% sure it’s not Irish Whiskey based on my reading of Irish distilling laws. Those laws state:
- Must be distilled in Ireland
- Must be aged for a minimum of 3 years in Ireland
- Must be aged in barrels.
Based on my reading of how they make Pop’s McCcann Whiskey it is distilled in Dundalk, County Louth and shipped to Michigan in vats, called totes. Once in the states it is bottled, labelled, and shipped to a few select states. It says it is finished in Bourbon barrels but there is no age statement, and the bottle says “…Recipe of Irish Tradition & Heritage”.
Please correct me if I’m wrong in the comments, but this isn’t Irish Whiskey.
Okay, so now that I’m done with the research, let’s crack it open and try it.
The first thing of note is that this is a very light straw color.
The nose is also very light and mostly alcohol. It’s not strong, but it is also not that memorable. There is something there that hints at some Irish heritage, but to me the nose is more Corn Whiskey than Irish Whiskey.
That mix of flavors continues on the sip and just kind of slides from the front to the back without changing or shifting. It is kind of a one note flavor. I can taste some of that Irish Whiskey heritage (maybe) but for the life of me this tastes like Titos’s Vodka, which is really just corn whiskey as far as I’m concerned.
At the end of the day I didn’t really enjoy this Pops’s McCann Whiskey and I’m sad to say I think this is a bottle to go Down The Drain as it scored just a 29/100.
- It’s not widely available, and I like to try new things.
- The flavor’s were a mix of American and Irish and they just didn’t work for me.
- This is did not sit well in my stomach.
- I wasted $35 bucks on a bottle I only got two drams out of before I couldn’t take it anymore.