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Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey
About TullaMore D.e.w.
Having recently explored some iconic and easily accessible gins, I wanted to do the same with Irish whiskey. It ‘s been a while since I last sampled the more affordable Irish whiskies, so I was excited to try Tullamore D.E.W Irish Whiskey for the first time.
Tullamore D.E.W.‘s history can be traced back to 1829, the year the the distillery was first established in the small town of Tullamore. D.E.W. are the initials for one of the distillery’s early master distillers, the legendary Daniel Edmund Williams. The brand is currently owned by William Grand & Son’s.
Tullamore is a blend of three different whiskies, each contributing unique flavors to the final product. The grain whiskey adds sweetness, the pot still whiskey adds spice, and the malt whiskey adds fruit flavors.
❖ Spirit: Blended Irish Whiskey
❖ Distillery: Tullamore Distillery
❖ ABV: 40% (80 Proof)
❖ Low Price
❖ Color: Honey
❖ Nose: Vanilla, Caramel, Slight Spice, Slight Alcohol Burn
❖ Taste: Heat from the Alcohol, Apple, Spice , Vanilla
❖ Finish: Short, Slightly Bitter Oak, Fruit
Tully & Soda
50 ml Irish Whiskey
150 ml Tonic
1 Orange Wedge
❖ Pour whiskey in a glass and fill the glass to the brim with ice
❖ Top with tonic and gintly stir with a bar spoon
❖ Garnish with an orange wedge
I’ve been drinking a bunch of G&Ts as a consequence of testing out gins this past month, and I’ve found myself wondering how whiskey would taste with tonic. And luckily, Tullamore also had the same thought, and had this recipe for a Tully & Tonic ready to go.
While this cocktail worked much better than I thought, I’m not sure if I’ll add it to my summer rotation. Any of the harsh alcohol taste disappears, so this cocktail is drinkable, but I was a bit disappointed that the tonic and whiskey didn’t mix well. It tasted more like a watered-down whiskey that finishes with tonic rather than a cohesive cocktail. However, the initial nose was a pleasant blend of fruit notes from Tullamore D.E.W. and the orange garnish.
Overall, I didn’t enjoy Tullamore D.E.W as much as I had hoped. It has all the characteristics that I usually enjoy in a blended whiskey, fruit, spice and vanilla notes, but they just don’t come together into a consistent experience.
The taste starts out with a pleasant mix of fruit and vanilla, but fades quickly into a bitter wood. And while this taste doesn’t last too long, since Tullamore has the shortest finish I’ve had in a while, I didn’t enjoy having such a bitter flavor as my last taste. The strong alcohol burn on the nose and taste also stopped me from fully experiencing the more pleasant notes.
But, these aspects of Tullamore D.E.W. mostly go away when mixed in a cocktail. I still wish there was a bit more cohesion with the other ingredients, but the fruit notes really stand out. So if you are looking for an Irish whiskey to mix in cocktails, Tullamore could be decent choice because of it’s low price.
As always, drink responsibly.
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