As the Tasting Note below’s Overall states, Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old is a “blend of malt whiskey, pot still whiskey and grain whiskey matured in bourbon and Sherry casks, all of which is evident here.” In that respect, it showcases many different elements of Irish whiskey as it has come to be known and loved over the last few decades.
Despite not having its own distillery between 1954 and 2014, Tullamore D.E.W. became the second best selling Irish whiskey in the world during that period, becoming a firm favourite in America, for example. Since 2010 it’s been owned by William Grant and after a 60 year absence Tullamore D.E.W. returned to County Offaly, with their new distillery having been up and running for over a year now in Clonminch, on the outskirts of Tullamore itself. In due course this will provide all the spirit they need to write the next chapter for this famous whiskey.
The last of the single figures… Christmas is coming!
Tasting Note for Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve:
Nose: Scones with clotted cream and vinous strawberry jam, sultanas, dates and digestive biscuits. Linseed and honey.
Palate: Light and soft with hints of gentle spices (nutmeg, allspice), a touch of honey and creamy fruits in yoghurt.
Finish: Medium length with a little oaky/nutty bittersweetness.
Overall: A blend of malt whiskey, pot still whiskey and grain whiskey matured in bourbon and Sherry casks, all of which is evident here.
The Chaps at Master of Malt