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Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve

(70cl, 40%)

Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve

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Tullamore DEW 12 YO Bottling Note

Originally launched for the travel retail market, this 12 year old Irish blend is full of sweetness and sublimely smooth.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve Reviews

Love it

Love it! Easy to drink for a new-to-whiskey drinker.

15th April 2020


A real treat if you’re in the mood for an Irish whiskey on the sweeter side. My lady loves the flavor imparted by aging in Sherry casks and the smooth easy way it goes down, as do I. Cheers

24th October 2019

Another good but not great offering from Ireland

Nice complexity, tastes boozy even though it's 80 proof. Quite drinkable

18th August 2019

Quite nice

This is quite nice. Very balanced. Delicate flavor, but extremely smooth, almost sweet finish. I recommend this served neat. Not sure how anyone could 'thumbs down' this particular whisky, or give this a half-rating, unless they be some sort of aspiring uncouth savage. To each his own.
Myself, being middle aged and with that perspective, I would say this would pair extremely well with an evening dessert such as anything chocolate, or simply, capable to stand alone by itself. Overall, quite nice.

14th July 2017

very tasty and complex. sherry cask comes thru.

People are clueless. "Bland"? We're you drinking it or rubbing it on your limp wrist? Expensive? Maybe if you paid the $58 listed here but I paid $39 here in PA and I found this to be a very tasty whisky. Couple of wanna be whisky snobs on here. Thus whisky deserves nothing less than 3 stars. Myself, I give it 4.

29th May 2017

Just saying...

I had way better whisky's for less. Way to expensive for a blend, also way better than the regular Tullamore Dew.

28th January 2017

Nevada Camel

I'm a fan of smokey peaty Islay whiskies, but enjoy all good whiskies. Plus, I have an Irish lassie who enjoys Tullamore Dew. I got a sample dram of Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve in my Father's Day Drinks by the Dram package, and I have to say that it is so much more than the regular DEW. Is it worth twice as much money? YES!! If you can find it, buy it, spend the extra money. You'll be glad you did.

2nd September 2016


Tasted in a crystal whiskey glass at room temp, 73 f it evaporated on the tongue with a slight whiskey taste. Not a bit overwhelming but alcohol was detected slightly. Too much alcohol for my taste.

23rd July 2016

Whiskey Ronin

The look of a pour has an iridescent golden hue. The nose has strong vanilla and fruit. Palate is exceedingly smooth and creamy. Light burbon finish. A+ in my whiskey book.

30th June 2016


I love it i have had 4 bottles now till keep them coming very smooth

15th April 2016


Standard Tully has been my regular favorite for quite some time. The complexity of aromas and flavors in the 12 year old Special Reserve has my palate claiming a new favorite Tully!!!

18th January 2016

Michael Kirby

Received a bottle for Christmas. Excellent. Highly recommend not like a typical Irish whiskey. Smoother.

31st December 2015

Complex Irish

You can taste many flavours - sweet, fruity, creamy, nutty etc. A great irish whiskey. Very well priced here in Australia.

23rd December 2015

Fruity Irish

Step away from the inland woods and move to the coast. A woodsy spray of saltwater hits the nose, but is quickly covered up by a blanket of middling sweetness that teases you with a single spicy nut. I want a handful of that spice, but instead I get sweet fruits muted by a creamy mouthfeel.

After the sip it lingers with a tingle and more sweetness.

A good transitional Irish Whiskey for people who want to branch out from the big island to the little, but not really my thing.

10th December 2015

Quintessentially Irish

I've been working my way through the whisky advent calendar and this is the first time I've felt moved to review a dram.

For me this has everything that is great about Irish whiskey. Its smooth, friendly mouth feel allows the homely notes of leather, liquorice and oak to wrap you in a warm blanket. Just the thing for a cold and windy December night.

9th December 2015

Credit Where It's D.E.W.

Nose: A light a fresh nose of fruit candy, Tropical fruit, pine, lemon and lime, some dark berries, grain, a hint of bread dough, a touch of Olive oil, some grassy notes and a little spice.

Palate: Clean on the palate with notes of, malt, citrus zest, a little cream, some spice, almonds, breakfast cereal and green apple.

Finish: A medium length finish with notes of fruit, a little citrus oil, and mild oak .

16th December 2014

Light & refreshing

The nose includes marzipan and honey, and the fruit element I get is pear. The palate is light and surprisingly creamy, with cinnamon, nutmeg, raisin, and sherry. It finishes with toffee sweetness laced with almonds and wood, including a slight salty, umami character, like Thai fish sauce. This unusual finish makes the drink very moorish, especially as the flavours do not last long. I drank this down a little more quickly than usual, which must be a good sign.

16th December 2014


The most boring whiskey I have ever tasted. No character, no complexity just another bland effort. The ordinary TD is better and cheaper.

1st May 2014

This is more like it!

Not a fan of the standard Tullamore Dew blend, but this one is a lot better.
A bit thinnish in the mouthfeel, as tends to be the case for a lot of Irish whiskeys, but the taste and finish makes up for it.

21st March 2014

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