Apr 16, 2016

Tullamore D.E.W. Original...

Tullamore D.E.W. Original (40.0%): Not even a decade ago Tullamore D.E.W. wasn't a brand that whiskey drinkers particularly cared about. But now with the worldwide boom of Irish Whiskey and William Grant & Sons' massive financial investment it is a rising star in the industry again. The story of Tullamore D.E.W. goes all the way back to the town of Tullamore where a gentleman named Michael Molloy founded the distillery in 1829.  Later with Daniel E. Williams taking over the management the brand started to be recognized and Williams' initials got added to the label. Unfortunately the distillery silenced the stills in 1953 and moved its business to the city of Cork under the umbrella of New Midleton Distillery. Like I mentioned before William Grant & Sons purchased the brand later and soon after brought Tullamore D.E.W. back to its home town and opened the doors of their brand new distillery in September 2104. Since then the line-up expanded with single malt expressions and other wood finishes but Original stayed as the flagship blend of the brand. It is a triple distilled blend aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Color: Light yellow gold with thin legs around the glass. Nose: Sweet, citrusy and doughy. Lemon juice, cookie dough and malt. Unsalted butter and green wood bark. When I close my eyes I see myself walking along a swimming pool: Chlorine, wet leaves and fiberglass. Even a touch of water released alcohol and young grain whiskey aromas. Palate: First comes the burn of young alcohol then slowly some honey syrup notes build up. Toasted white bread and butter. Very thin and fragile... Vanilla ice cream, lemon meringue pie and green wood. Its texture kinda fell apart after adding water unfortunately. Finish: Short but pretty vegetal. Bitter greens, green asparagus and Granny Smith Apples. Overall: Quite easy going everyday whiskey you can consume without bothering about tasting notes, nosing glasses or any other fancy stuff... Not blended for that purpose. It is a dram to drink one after another... It would make great highballs with any combination or pair your favorite pint of beer. Well, with a price tag less than $25 it is definitely a good bang for your buck...