Review: Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

Ex-Bourbon and Sherry Casks
Malted and Unmalted Barley
Distiller Midleton (Midleton, Ireland)

This whisky was originally produced at the Tullamore Dew distilery, but it is now produced at Midleton along with other whiskies such as Redbreast. This movement was caused by the mix of prohibition and an export ban placed on the Irish whiskey industry, which at the time was booming. The whiskey is triple distilled, which often yields a lighter character. Certainly, as I’ve explored more of Irish whiskey, I’ve found the quality to be quite high, and, in many cases, low prices also provide excellent value (take Black Bush, or Redbreast 12 Year Old for example!).

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Nose: Pear, with a solid and creamy grainy backdrop which is quite rich with a very light oak character. This backdrop really makes the nose for me, and it’s well integrated with the fruit. Quite grassy in character, with a cinnamon spicy edge too and- with the grassiness- some vegetal notes with a celery feel.

Taste: Somewhat oily, and structured – the rich grain is still there with underlying vanilla and sweetness, with the fruit (pear) on top of that. It dries out slightly mid palate before fading to caramel to kick-start the finish. Cinnamon spice is in the mix too.

Finish: Caramel, then spices start to emerge and one is left with a bit of “empty” spice and sweetness – i.e. the sensation without a whole lot of flavour or body.

Lightly fruity and spicy, overall. As I’ve said, the rich grainy backdrop does its job pretty well in filling out the profile and making this whisky balanced and enjoyable. It is good on its own, but this would also mix quite well.

Value: Low. It’s not expensive but I still think there are much better options at this price point, even in the Irish category.