My wife and I received this as a Christmas Gift last year from a dear friend, and it sat on a shelf in our dining room for a bit of decoration – for months. To be completely honest, I didn’t really notice it because it just blended in with all the other stuff. But one evening, a couple of months ago, I sat down at the dining room table to do some work, and as I bent down to plug in my computer’s power supply, I noticed the crock sitting there.
I called to my wife and asked her where we got it, and she replied that we got it from a very dear friend whose daughter did Irish dance with our daughters. Lucky me, I thought, because my wife doesn’t drink whiskey… 🙂
To be completely honest, I’ve never delved deeply into Irish whiskey, and while I’ve had Jameson – who hasn’t – the only other Irish whiskey I know is Redbreast, which I have at least once a year on Saint Paddy’s Day. It’s not that I don’t like Irish whiskey but with all the wonderful whiskeys out there – especially great bourbon and rye – I haven’t paid too much attention to the Irish whiskey offerings.
Circling back to this particular Irish whiskey, I have been pleasantly surprised at how smooth and tasty it is.
What I Smell
This whiskey has a fruity nose, with some green apple and a little note of stone fruit. This is followed up with buttered toast. That actually took me by surprise and was very pleasant.
What I Taste
Upfront, I taste a bit of honey and spice, and more stone fruit, with a nice, long finish of caramel leading to a vanilla aftertaste. Very Nice. Of particular note is the very smooth mouthfeel. I usually expect a bit of a bite from a whiskey, but the “bite” from this is the note of spice, and it’s subtle. Perhaps this comes from the triple distilling process.
How I Like to Drink It
I drink this neat with either a few drops of water or do as I saw on Anthony Bourdain when he visited Ireland a few years ago, place a single chip of ice in the whiskey. Either method helps the flavors bloom.
It’s funny, I rarely dislike a whiskey; I guess you might say that I have varying degrees of “like.” Tullamore Dew on my “like” scale probably falls just above the median. I enjoy it. I don’t think it’ll be on my regular rotation, as I won’t be consuming it quickly. But based on how nice it is, I’ll probably keep a bottle of it around for occasional imbibing.