W.D. O’Connell – Bill Phil


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Heavily Peated, Independent Bottled, Irish Single Malt. You don’t see that all that often but his W.D. O’Connell’s Bill Phil hits all the boxes.bill

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Tasting Notes: W.D. O’Connell – Bill Phil

ABV: 47,5% (95 proof)

Age: NAS

Distillery: Great Northern Distillery

Bottled by: W.D. O’Connell

Cask: First Fill Ex-Bourbon Casks

Category: Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Chill-Filtered: No

Natural Colour: Yes



As soon as you pour this dram long whisps of peat smoke will find you. This is heavily peated without a doubt. But it’s no Islay peat, in fact it reminds me more of Highland peat if anything. It’s much more vegetal than it is medicinal. There’s charred driftwood, smoked applewood, moss and wet grass. Paired with fresh apples, vanilla, and shortbread cookies. An enticing combination for sure.


The first thing that hits me on the palate is a burst of white pepper. Followed by some savoury peaty notes, like peppered roast beef and smoked bacon. Vanilla and honey are very clearly present on the palate as well though, which gives a lovely sweet (but not overly so) side to the savoury side of this dram. This is a very well-balanced peaty dram.


The finish has a medium length and the first thing that comes to mind flavour wise is a barrel full of peppered apples. Sounds a bit weird I know, but bear with me here. There’s some clear oak on the finish and yet green apples (Granny Smith’s) are omnipresent as well. And that peppery note from the palate carries through as well. You’ll lose a bit of the sweeter elements in the finish. But as an evolution I don’t mind that at all in this dram. I wouldn’t have minded if it stuck around a bit longer though.


Peated whisky from Ireland, it’s something I’d love to see much more of. Traditionally it’s not as big of a thing there, but more and more people are releasing the stuff. Of course, Connemara has been doing it for years. But that’s lightly peated at best. But Irish Single Malt proves here that it stands up to heavy peat influence very well. Wether other heavily peated Irish Whiskey’s will be able to hold their own against this Bill Phil we will have to see though, as this is a dram that will be a challenge to surpass. It’s just perfectly balanced and well-made. Well done Diathí!

Bottled by

W.D. O'Connell


Great Northern Distillery

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Natural color



Ex-Bourbon barrel

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