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Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

Tullamore Dew Irish


By Robert Plotkin

Ireland's standards of quality ensure that there is no such thing as a mediocre Irish whiskey. To connoisseurs this noble spirit is something of a treasure. One of Ireland's legendary whiskeys is Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.

Created in 1829 at the Cantrell & Cochrane Distillery in County Offaly. it's interesting to note that the whiskey received its name in 1887 from the general manager of the Tullamore Distillery, Daniel E. Williams (D-E-W). He coined the phrase, "Give every man his Dew."

Tullamore Dew is now produced at the state of the art Midleton Distillery in County Cork. The whiskey is triple-distilled in Midleton's singular pot stills from grain, barley and malted barley. The malt is not dried over open fires, which is one reason Tullamore Dew has no trace of smoke in its finish. The new whiskey is matured in small oak barrels used previously to age either bourbon or sherry. The spirits rest in the distillery's warehouses for a minimum of 3 years. The changing Irish seasons have a pronounced affect on the whiskey, imbuing the finished spirit with its brilliant character and levelheaded personality.

Tullamore Dew is an excellent example of why great whiskey doesn't need to a cost week's paycheck. It has an alluring spicy, citrus and floral bouquet and a lush, medium-weight body. The whiskey bathes the palate with honey, spice, vanilla and malt flavors. The long, sublime finish is laced with a touch of sweetness.

From start to savory finish, Tullamore Dew is a genuine 80-proof treat—a premium dram at a value-laden price. Little wonder why, in 1947, it was selected to be the whiskey base for famed Irish Mist Liqueur.

The award-winning range also includes Tullamore Dew 10-Year-Old Single Malt. The whiskies used in its distinguished blend were aged a minimum of 10 years in 4 different types of oak—ex-bourbon American barrels, Oloroso Sherry butts, port pipes and Madeira casks. During its extended stay in wood, the whiskey develops a glorious amber hue, a velvety medium-weight body and a generous allotment of malty and fruity aromas. The bouquet alone is worth the price of admission. The whiskey fills the mouth with the warm flavors of vanilla and spice with toasted oak notes that persist well into the satisfying finish. This is an outstanding malt presented in an understated package. Kudos!

The elder statesman of the brand is the altogether elegant Tullamore Dew 12-Year-Old Special Reserve. It is comprised of a sophisticated blend of unpeated malt and grain whiskeys triple-distilled in both column and traditional pot stills. All of the whiskeys were aged between 12 to 15 years in ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry butts. The result is a luxurious whiskey with a dark amber hue, a medium-weight, oily textured body and a wafting bouquet with spicy, citrusy and vanilla aromas. It has a dry, spicy and nutty palate and a lingering malty finish with lightly spiced notes.