Tullamore DEW Tweet Tasting

Wednesday March 7th saw a group of avid whisky fans take part in a tweet tasting with Steve Rush @TheWhiskyWire and @TullamoreDEW

From their website… “Tullamore D.E.W. is the original triple distilled, triple blend whiskey. Known the world over for its smooth and gentle complexity. Tullamore D.E.W. is named after Daniel E. Williams, the man who decided that true craft could only come from the True Character and insisted that his whiskey was made accordingly.” A tale of character.

And I love the quote too:


So what treats were we about to partake in? The line up was as follows: XO Rum Cask, 14 year old, 18 year old and the Original.

The rum Cask XO was sweet with a bit of caramel and vanilla and a twist of citrus. The palate was sweet, but dark with treacle toffee. The finish was delicious with vanilla and spices.

We then moved onto the 14 year old.  Initially pear drops but as it’s opening it’s turning towards warm apple cake with lovely caramel and sweetness. Very soft on the nose. I then detected a sort of hot chocolate powder too (before you add milk) then that hint of pear comes back. Well we all love a nice pear…don’t we? It had quite a light mouthfeel. Plenty of vanilla and still some fruity flavours. Smooth.

Add another four years and we then sampled the 18 year old, fruity and juicy. I’m thinking galia melon. Vanilla and a lovely almost talc like softness. Letting it open further, there was a nice caramel and a soft fleeting hint of worn / warm leather. Hmm I’m enjoying nosing this…

It has a nice rich feel on the mouth. It’s just teasing enough to make your mouth water a little…always a plus point with me. The fruit flavours remain with lovely woody flavours. A little pepper too.

The last dram of the evening was the Original, this is triple ditilled in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks. This was very light on the nose as opposed to the others…caramel and vanilla a fresh scent on the nose.

The  palate is delivering some spice and fruit now (cherry tunes?)

At this point I had to duck out, but what an interesting journey into Tullamore DEW.

I think my order of preference was: 14/18 then the Original/XO rum cask. Another insight into Irish whiskey that was fab!

Another lovely evening in the company of friends all delighting in this journey of whisky…

Thanks for the opportunity Steve and Tullamore 🙂

Walsh Whiskey Twitter Tasting

I was very lucky to have been chosen to take part in the Walsh Whiskey tweet tasting. Why? Well because this is a distillery I’d seen on Twitter, but I’d never had the opportunity to sample their whisky until now. So I guess I was more than a little intrigued.

From their website…

“Our family is dedicated to continuing to play a central role in the revival of Irish whiskey as one of the world’s most appreciated spirits. We are doing this through the recreation of some old recipes from the 19th century, Ireland’s golden era of whiskey distilling, and also through the introduction of innovative new expressions for new palettes in a new era.

We are passionate for both innovation and attention to detail. Detail in our choice of location for our distillery in an area blessed by the ingredients and climate to make world-class, premium whiskey. Detail in the creation of a distillery for distiller, visitor and whiskey-drinker alike – where manual operations reign supreme over machine so that innovative small batches can be crafted to perfection.

We believe that our passion, innovation and attention-to-detail make a real difference to the enjoyment of people who choose our whiskeys and so they drive our family’s dream to create a legacy of whiskey excellence”.

Bernard & Rosemary Walsh

So what were we being treated to? We had two drams of The Irishman Irish Whiskey and two of the Writers’ Tears Irish Whiskey.

The first dram of the evening was the Writers’ Tears Copper Pot which is a unique vatting of single malt and single pot still whiskeys. These were distilled in copper pots.

The nose delivers very delicate spices. Luscious vanilla and cold apple crumble. Drizzles of honey. Banana foams 😳 sometimes I wonder about what I’m sensing but that’s the one that fits. Honey and caramel started to then develop more now. Loving the spices.

The palate is nice and smooth with a nice coating in the mouth. Sweet and spicy with some ginger. Lovely gentle warmth in the back of the mouth from it. Lovely hints of oak too. And vanilla, then there’s a slight creaminess too and hints of cereal. Hard to describe. The finish, erm the spices are yummy and it was going down well.

We then moved onto The Irishman Irish Whiskey Vintage Cask Strength 2017. This is bottled at cask strength of 54% abv. and it was matured in first fill Bourbon casks.

The nose is interesting. Quite spicy but not. A very slight hint of vanilla. But fruity & sweet, and there’s a nice amount of wood and an older scent which is nice too. The palate… ooh now that’s a mouth full but that’s nice. Delicious rich fruit and the spice balance so nicely. Feels a bit oily on the palate. Lovely oak flavours again. Definitely feels smooth. Moving on, the finish and hmm this is nice that warmth and spice and hmm I like!

Then it was back to the Writers’ Tears and the Red Head. This is triple distilled in select Spanish sherry butts which were seasoned with the finest Oloroso sherry.

Spicy on the nose and fruity too. Quite orangey. There’s something oddly soft about the nose fragrance wise that I’m having trouble describing but I’m enjoying.

Then the palate…hmm that’s nice. The oak is just lovely again. I do love the taste of wood! The spices and sherry influence is delicious, it’s smooth and coats the mouth nicely. There’s a creaminess / smoothness to it again. With a wonderful warmth on the finish with hints orange and oak once more.

Our last dram of the evening was the Irishman Founder’s Reserve Marsala Cask Finish.

Quite nippy on the spice front. Vanilla and sweet fruits. Bits of fruitella red fruits. Fresh.

It’s palate gave mmm the same fruitella red fruits which are still there but taper off quickly. Palate seems to dip a moment but leaves oak in place of the sweetness. I’ll be revisiting this one as I had an attack of sneezes mid way.

However, what an introduction to Walsh Whiskey…it was definitely the thing to pique my interest and draw me in.

Many thank again to Walsh Whiskey and Steve Rush for this tasting. It was fab.


Drinks by the Dram – Whisky Advent

Wednesday 15th November saw us willing participants gather together (so to speak) for a twitter tasting which saw us being privileged to have a ‘sneak peek at the jolly treats within”  Drinks by the Drams Whisky Advent Calendar.

The five we were going to try were as follows:

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak – SMSW 40% vol.

Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky – Single Grain 40% vol.

The Lost Distilleries – Blended Scotch Whisky 51% vol.

Mackmyra Brukswhisky – Swedish Single Malt Whisky 41.4% vol.

Kilchoman Sanaig – SMSW 46% vol.

First up was the Macallan the nose was initially sweet and juicy fruit. Some gentle spices. Fresh on the senses. However the initial burst of senses on the nose then fairly settled down… can’t say this is a good thing. I am perhaps more used to a whisky that I can smell from the table or beside me, just teasing me to have a nose and then a sip. Yes it’s probably because of the strength of it, but that’s a personal preference. The nose then started to give a little hint of cereal. The palate has quite a light mouthfeel (maybe I’m used to my cask strength delights) definitely getting some oats and spices. Slightly bitter. Quite a short finish with a little warmth.

We then moved on to the Bain’s Cape Mountain, it starts off  very light on the senses. Soft caramel is there then as it is left to open there’s a slightly nuttiness and vanilla. Very soft. I was getting the scent of those little caramel logs (chocolate covered) circa 1976… maybe you know what I mean if you’re a child of the 70’s… The palate was very smooth. Nice sweetness but not overly so.

Next up was The Lost Distilleries Blend, Batch 10 the nose gave lots of woody notes… some vanilla, perhaps some chocolate sprinkles. This was taking time to open up. But some things do… And that is okay!

I’m (I was) almost getting the scent of fresh earth after a rain shower…Now the palate, initially it evoked the scent of putting a candle out with a snuffer…waxy. Being met with sweetness and spice which seem to fit so well with a hint of heat and wood. There was a delicious dark chocolate and a peppery hit too, it’s waxy and warm and tingling on the tongue. The spice just sits so well with the sweetness… I’m getting pencil shavings. A rather lovely dram. The finish had a hint of warmth and the sweetness just giving itself to your palate to enjoy a little longer.

Then we tried the Mackmyra Brukswhisky (The Swedish Whisky) this gave a gentle mix of smoke and caramel with some gooey sweetness. A quite perfumed fragrant nose with vanilla and some raspberry. The palate was slightly dry. Peppery and with a bit of cereal. Some nice warmth hitting the back of the mouth as you swallow.

Last dram of the evening was the Kilchoman Sanaig (Sanaig, a small rocky inlet located north of the distillery) and the name of this addition it was matured in Oloroso sherry casks. The nose weet smoke and TCP and a lot of it… some salt and leather, smells like a saddle. Must find my crop (was the comment on the night..) On to the palate, there was a  big hit of smoke and heat on the mouth. Yet a citrus sweetness to it. Quite smooth on the mouth but a nip of spice, quite drying yet there was something encouraging my mouth to water and it ain’t Opal Fruits.

Thanks to Steve Rush and Drinks by the Dram for the samples an opportunity to take part on the evening.

Slàinte, Sarah 🙂