Review: Writer's Tears Red Head Irish Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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Oloroso Sherry Casks
Single Malt
Distiller N/A (Ireland)

A triple distilled Irish single malt, matured in Oloroso sherry, 46% and non-chill filtered. Nice! It's one of three whiskies in the standard Writer's Tears lineup, with the standard, this, and the cask strength (more limited) - a nice lineup.

Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L7103L2140 12:54

  • Bottling Date: 2017

Surprisingly sharp and grassy – I wouldn’t have thought so much for a single malt. Wine, some rancio, raisins, apple, and loads of spices – clove, star anise, celery seed, white pepper. Great complexity – so many spices! The palate carries all the flavours, but with great richness – dried fruit, clove, cinnamon, prune, currants, milk chocolate. Very much in the Irish whiskey style, yet very much influenced by the „old world” flavours reminiscent of spicy port, cognac, armagnac, and old world wine. Terrific. As with the standard writer’s tears, great finish. The spices all come out and they are held together (quite nicely) by the fruit. Slightly drying too – I will never complain about this.

Very much in the same style, but better, than writer’s tears. The spices are terrific! I quite like this, and it is upped in complexity from the standard Writer's Tears. I cannot but help recommend, particularly given my love of spices...

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High, at $65.