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Tasting Notes: Tullamore DEW Special Reserve 12 Years Old

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Tullamore DEW 12 Years Old

Tasted as part of the recent Dram Team subscription package, this whiskey is actually only readily available as a travel retail bottling from Tullamore DEW – or “Tully” as their fans more often refer to it. What this “Special Reserve” contains is a blended batch of pot still, malt and grain whiskies that have been matured in a combination of ex-sherry and ex-bourbon barrels over the course of 12+ years.

40% ABV

 

Nose

M: Bit more going on here than their standard offering. This has a woodier, maltier nose. The distillery’s characteristic sweetness is there, but dark sugars are here now in place of the lighter, vanilla sweetness. Sweet biscuity-like flavours are there too, like hobnobs and digestives. The alcohol gives the nose a fair tingle too.

 

 

Taste

M: That digestive biscuit flavour really comes out when it hits the tongue. There’s a sort of wholemeal-meets-cereal flavour that dominates. After a little bit of time there seems to be a bit of honey poured onto that porridge mix of flavours bringing out a sweetness and a little oaky tang at the back which leaves a few, gentle, spiced elements on the way down.

 

 

Finish

M: The booze intensifies a little down the throat meaning that those malty, biscuity flavours fade away pretty quickly. Fairly lingering finish.

 

 

Verdict

M: This was a really enjoyable dram. It has still got that Irish sweet, silky texture about it but the wood and grains seem to have a lot more of a say than the standard bottling’s toffee blast. Thankfully there is not so much of the dreaded “creamy mouthfeel” here from this Irish whiskey either, though it is still satisfyingly smooth. The influences of the oak from the 12+ years of maturation really help round this whiskey out into an easy sipping drink with a little something more about it. Very easy drinking.

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Tasting Notes: Tullamore DEW

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The Legendary Tullamore DEW

Tullamore DEW is one of the most recognisable Irish whiskey brands, seen the world over. In fact, it is the second largest Irish whiskey brand, only pipped to the post by that “James” guy, or whatever he’s called… The distinctive squat bottle and clover-green label contains their “original” expression, which is a blend of triple distilled pot still, malt and grain whiskies made to their own recipe since the early 19th Century. The blend has been matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon barrels and sherry casks. Story has it that the DEW is not the water that goes into the whiskey, but the initials of one of the distillery’s previous owners.

40% ABV

 

Nose

M: Honey and toffee in abundance. Has it had a swirl of the old caramel stick? Maybe. There’s also a light, floral nose behind the sugary sweetness and a just a smidge of a malty grist too.

 

Taste

M: Delicious sweetness and toffee comes in again. Just like a boozy toffee penny. There’s not too much else going on than that sweetness, but it gets to the point, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

 

Finish

M: So quick and smooth. Super silky, in fact. Like a vanilla ice cream kind of finish. Hardly leaves a tingle of booze at all.

 

Verdict

M: Overall, this is very easy drinking. Inoffensive really. As the world’s second largest Irish whiskey blend and having been triple distilled, it obviously carries with the “Smooth” and “Creamy mouthfeel” characteristics – not that I like saying those words at all. Personally, this is what I’ve always been led to be believe that “Irish Whiskey” should taste like. I’d be very interested to do a blind taste test side by side with a Jameson Original to see if I could distinguish the two. Like I say, it’s a very easy drinker. Definitely too easy. Dangerous when you could too easily drink a lot of it – which I guess is the point and fits the stereotype. It certainly warms the soul, even if not the tastebuds.

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Tasting Notes: Crown Royal – Northern Harvest Rye

Crown Royal – Northern Harvest Rye

On 1st July 2017, Canadians worldwide celebrated 150 years of independence from British rule. Having a Canadian amongst our midst within the WU troop, there was no better opportunity to celebrate all things Canadian than with a barbecue, a 17 hour playlist of Canadian tunes, an air hockey tournament and some sweet, sweet Canadian whisky. Not only was the day full of celebration, but with whisky geeks in tow, it was time for our Canuck to bring out the big guns and here we have it: Jim Murray’s Whiskey of the Year for 2016 – Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Rye, brought to Blighty from the land whenst it came. The bottle boasts that this expression is a blend crafted from a mash of 90% rye to create an “extraordinarily smooth” dram with tastes of “fruit, cloves and spice”. Well, that’s put that to the test…

ABV: 45%
 


Nose

M: Strong booze on the nose. Really sticky sweet with a bit of liquorice.

Taste

M: Totally sweet with corn syrup-like flavours upfront with that thick rye kind of spice cutting right through.

Finish

M: A boozy brash finish that I was not expecting from the world’s best whisky. Strong Demerara sugar sweetness and depth followed by that liquorice/aniseed flavour lingering for a long, long time.

Verdict

M: I’m still not that versed in rye whiskies, but this seems to have taken the rye flavours that I do recognise and has amped them up to 11, with some popcorn sweetness added in to try and balance it out. It’s sweet, it’s dry, it’s got a herby kinda spice to it. It’s lingering. It’s intriguing. It’s not my cup of tea, if I’m being honest! Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t dislike BUT I’m willing to explore further – is it the best rye out there? According to Jim Murray it is. But I’m not him and I’m going to have to explore more rye whiskies to prove a point (it’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it) Only then, if our glorious Canadian doesn’t finish it off first, might I come back again to see what I’ve learned.

Northern Harvest In Summertime

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