Tullamore Distillery

Posted: June 26, 2015 in Blended Irish Whiskey, Blended Whisky

Tullamore DEW Original 40%

A blend of malted and unmalted barley plus corn (grain)

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Dusty barley and apricot with plenty of herbal grain aromas. Hints of coffee and a developing green fruit note appear.

Palate: Soft and barley led with hints of fleshy apricot, mango and vanilla. A touch of unsweetened honey and some edgy grain notes come through on the middle.

Finish: Good Length with lingering spice and green fruit notes.

Conclusion: , A pleasant blend with the nose showing a little more complexity than the palate.

Tullamore DEW Cider Cask Finish 40%

Tasted: Jan 2017

Nose: Dense, chunky and curiously herbal with malt and hints of geranium, hyacinth and rose. Late marzipan oak notes.

Palate: A little vague. The oak is pretty tannic and bitters on the middle.

Finish: Short and continuing bitter with a touch of grain at the death.

Conclusion: The oak has had its way with this one!

Tullamore DEW 12 year old Special Reserve 40%

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Oily, dried fruit grain with hints of oily marzipan and a slight herbal rye-like note.

Palate: Very much like the nose with plenty of mature, oily dried fruit grain notes, marzipan and herbs.

Finish: Good spicy finish with that herbal rye-like note lingering.

Conclusion: It feels like it is predominantly grain whisky, but that grain appears to have some maturity.

Tullamore Dew 12 year old Special Reserve 40%

Re-Tasted: Feb 2017

Nose: Crisp, fresh and vibrant with honey and hints of barley. Subtly oaked with vanilla and light coffee, along with a suggestion of grain.

Palate: Fuller than the nose suggests with more pronounced honeyed character. Barley, citrus, vanilla oak and coffee notes come through. Quite malty and with a good depth, although there is not much grain character.

Finish: Long and crisp. Maybe a little austere as the grain finally arrives. Pleasantly mineral with late milk chocolate and vanilla notes.

Conclusion: A pleasant blend with a relatively high malt content.

Tullamore DEW Trilogy 15 year old 40%

Aged in a combination of ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry and Ex-Rum casks

Tasted: Oct 2015

Nose: A dusty, pollen heavy nose with a touch of honey. Lightly herbal and shot through with some pleasant pot still spices, sour fruit and citrus.

Palate: A touch more toffee’d oak appears on the palate with lightly herbal and delicate pot still spices. Quite grainy on the middle with honey and coffee notes.

Finish: Deceptively long with lingering herbal spices, toffee and coffee.

Conclusion: Pleasant, soft and subtle. However I think it might have benefited from being bottled at 46%, which would have given the palate a little more intensity.

Tullamore DEW Trilogy 15 year old 40%

Re-Tasted: Feb 2016

Nose: Intensely barley’d with hints of honey an oak. Lovely depth with developing white fruit and herbal notes.

Palate: Opens with velvety barley and toffee, followed by a good depth of malt and honey. The soft grain is just detectable beneath the surface as are the slightly coffee accented spices.

Finish: Quite herbal but a little short.

Conclusion: Good but not quite great.

Tullamore DEW Trilogy 15 year old 40%

Re-Tasted: Jan 2017

Nose: Quite shy but bready with apricot, honey and rum-like dried fruit. With time the slightly petrolly Guyana-like notes become quite dominant.

Palate: Full and slightly toasty with a distinct, oily, Guyana rum-like character. Hints of barley and honey beneath with some grippy grain spices.

Finish: Long and grainy with lingering dried fruit and spice.

Conclusion: Interesting! It feels like it has been finished in ex-Guyanan rum casks.

Tullamore Dew Trilogy 15 year old 40%

Re: Tasted: Feb 2017

Nose: Very subtle and lightly spiced with prominent dried grainy fruit.

Palate: Like the nose it is pretty subtle with a touch of sherry spice and barley. Again the grain is very dominant.

Finish: Good length and not surprisingly quite grainy with lingering vanilla oak.

Conclusion: Classically Irish but a bit too simple and grain dominanted.

Tullamore D.E. W Celebratory Phoenix Single Batch 55%

Tasted: Oct 2014

Nose: Crisp with grainy spirit which displays a pot still-esque spiciness. Lightly floral with a touch of herbal rye-like notes and subtle, spicy, mocha oak vanillins. It feels like the alcohol is holding the oak in place but water in fact knocks the oak back and brings out a pleasant citrus note.

Palate: Soft and subtle, opening with coffee and milk chocolate. Barley and building pot still-like spice and grainy spirit notes follow. Intensely alcoholic but the sugars just about balance. Water emphasises the oils, softens the oak and spices.

Finish: What a finish! Intensely herbal and spicy with a real kick in the finish. Again the oak is restrained by the alcohol. Dilution just emphasises the herbal notes (if they needed emphasising!)

Conclusion: What is this? An Irish pot still whiskey aged in French oak. Either way it’s gorgeous!

Tullamore D.E. W Celebratory Phoenix Single Batch 55%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Straw-like apricot with hints of dusty barley and sherry spice. Lightly honeyed with hints of gooseberry and greengage.

Palate: Opens with the oily, dried, sherried fruit and dusty cinnamon and chilli spices. Hints of coffee’d, oily rum-like dried fruit come through on the middle as the grain arrives.

Finish: Intense and very spicy with the mature grain notes lingering.

Conclusion: Again, quite a bit of grain but it has a lovely depth and maturity.

Tullamore D.E. W Celebratory Phoenix Single Batch 55%

Re-Tasted: Jan 2017

Nose: Intense, grainy and woody with ginger biscuits, dried fruit, liquorice, earth and a touch of peat. With time some subtle pot still-like notes appear along with, orange, honey, vanilla and rye-like herbs. Water brings out a touch of coffee.

Palate: Intense, woody and spicy with ginger and honey coated dried fruit. Quite grainy on the middle with a big hit of peppery spice and subtle vanilla oak. Water simplifies but emphasises the grain and like the nose brings out a touch of coffee.

Finish: Long, mouth-watering, spicy and grainy with liquorice, prunes and dark chocolate notes.

Conclusion: Neat it has an amazing intensity and complexity. Personally I’d avoid diluting it.


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