Review: Writer's Tears Cask Strength Copper Pot Irish Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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Ex-bourbon barrels
100% Barley: A blend of triple distilled single malt and pure pot still
Distiller N/A (Ireland)

This whiskey is a cask-strength version of Writer’s Tears, emphasizing pot still and bringing it in at a much higher proof than the standard bottling. It is an annual release with a fairly limited number of bottles (~5000).

Review (2019)

  • Batch: 2018 (5280 bottles)

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2018

What a magnificent nose! Rich, and full of buttery pot still. Green apple, vanilla, toffee, green wood, honey, and buttery pastries. The palate has a terrific bite to it, with buttery apple and peach pastries offset by a lovely barley character with some earthiness integrated. The finish has stone fruits offset by a spicy and buttery characteristic.

This is incredibly easy to drink and has a terrific balance between confectionary, oak, fruit, and spice. Very moreish, complex, rich, and very much Irish. I really like it.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low. Excellent stuff, but this comes in at close to $200.