Oct 19, 2012

Writers Tears...

Writers Tears (40.0%): Writers Tears is a unique blend of single pot still and malt whiskeys created by the master blender Bernard Walsh. Walsh came up with another blend in the same fashion named The Irishman some years ago and after the success of it he blended Writer's Tears. All the casks in the blend are hand picked by Walsh and sourced from New Midleton Distillery in Cork. So, actually this whiskey is distilled 100% from barley. It arrived from Dublin just a couple of weeks ago as a gift from Teresa Hartmann. Thanks to Teresa from here... Color: Polished copper tube, crystal clear. Nose: As fruity and juicy as it gets. Ripe peaches and apricots. Quince jam, sage honey, poached pears and daffodils. Some odd but not so disturbing steel container scents towards the end. Palate: Gentle, soft and light. Fresh peach and apricot slices are still there with strawberries on top. Vibrant red and black pepper-mix and malty new make notes. There must be some very young whiskeys involved in the blend and those add some nice Golden Virginia rolling tobacco and buckskin leather shirt notes. After allowing it to air a few minutes some cold apple compote, vanilla and banana flavors develop. Finish: Long with sweetened lemon juice and black pepper. Overall: A very elegant and delicate whiskey, almost like a oak aged young eau de vie. I have to say I enjoyed it twice more the day before when I first sampled it though. Tonight I got the new spirit notes much more for some reason. Anyhow, it is a nice and unique whisky with a pretty reasonable price tag. Highly recommended if you can find one...