Walsh Distillery

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

ABV
53%
Aging
Ex-bourbon barrels
Recipe
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.


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

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ABV
46%
Aging
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Recipe
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.


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

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ABV
40%
Aging
Ex-bourbon barrels
Recipe
100% Barley: 60% Malt; 40% Pure Pot Still
Distiller N/A (Ireland)

This whiskey, for now, is sourced - a blend of Irish single malt (about 60% of the recipe) and pure pot still (about 40%, pure pot still is whiskey coming from a mash of malted and unmalted barley). However, the popularity of the brand has lead to the building of its own distillery, which opened in 2016 and will eventually produce its own supply. The whiskey is triple distilled.


Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L7…2495 16:22 14.11.17

  • Bottling Date: 2017

Quite a vibrant nose: Apple juice, rich barley, sharp green pear, vanilla, and honey....eventually verging a bit into mango and guava nectar. Irish whiskies do have a wonderful green grass spiciness to them, and it is on full display here.  The palate continues with loads of fruit and spices, but some dried fruit starts to come in (quite nicely). I find it carries its weight around even at 40%, with a building of flavour and mouthfeel towards the end. Magnificent finish - glorious grassy spices - but with the orchard fruit not missing a step. A terrific mix of spice, fruit, and grain – this is a great.

You really need two drams in a row to get this. It just builds, and builds...an ultimate casual Irish whiskey.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High, at $50.