Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve – A Review

This Special Reserve is a triple blend, much like the majority of the family, of malt, grain and pot still whiskeys. In the Tullamore blends, the pot still is the only component that receives sherry aging, and not all of the pot still included at that. The 12 Year Old, is renowned for its sherry forward nose and palate. Brian Kingsman, Master Blender for William Grant & Sons, who own Tullamore Distillery, creates this blend with whiskeys no younger than twelve years old, with a larger component of sherried pot still in the blend. Continue reading “Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve – A Review”

The Silkie Blended Irish Whiskey – A Review

The Silkie Irish whiskey is the first independent bottling from the soon to be constructed Sliabh Liag Distillery in Co. Donegal. Plans are in place to have this distillery constructed at some point in 2019 and, here they will distill both single pot still and single malt whiskeys that will be triple distilled and peated, following the traditional peating of whiskey in the Donegal region. Continue reading “The Silkie Blended Irish Whiskey – A Review”

Advent #8 – Sadler’s Peaky Blinders

This whiskey is an unusual piece of the Irish whiskey fabric currently. It is tied to the immensely popular, period drama, Peaky Blinders. The whiskey was produced as a licenced product of the show and caused its own controversy in the Irish whiskey industry by plastering ‘Product of the British Isles’ across all of their bottles and whiskey advertising. Irish whiskey is an all island affair and does not differentiate between the North and the Republic. The phrase ‘British Isles’ is often a source of confusion and consternation owing to the geographical and political connotations of the words used. Continue reading “Advent #8 – Sadler’s Peaky Blinders”

Advent #7 – Roe & Co. Whiskey

The world of Irish Whiskey was shocked when Diageo made the announcement, in 2014, that they would be selling their stake in the Old Bushmills Irish Whiskey Distillery. It seemed that they would be leaving the Irish whiskey industry, right as it was on the cusp of a boom. Well their inactivity didn’t last too long. Roe & Co. Irish whiskey company was launched in early 2017 as the industry giant’s return to the category. Continue reading “Advent #7 – Roe & Co. Whiskey”

Advent #5 – Writers’ Tears Copper Pot

This is a whiskey that every Irish Whiskey drinker should have on their shelves at some point in their life. Writers Tears Copper Pot is the flagship expression from Walsh Whiskey’s Writers Tears range. Interestingly, it is a blend of 40% Single Pot Still and 60% Single Malt whiskeys aged in ex-bourbon barrels. Which for you eagle eyed readers out there will notice, means it has no grain whiskey added to the blend.
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