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Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old

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Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old

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Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old

Nose: Apple calvados, cardamom, vanilla custard and grass

Palate: Pretty sweet, nice oak upfront, the oak and spice is robust but not overpowering. In the background I get hint of lemon meringue pie, cardamom and alot of vanilla.

Finish: Wave of spice, grassiness and vanilla. Medium to short length

Nicely balanced, nothing sticks out to much. Overall delicate, soft and easy drinking whiskey. I like full flavoured whiskys the most, but this one has some charm.


This review is of the bottle open for 8 months

Nose: nice wine-scented spicy barley with gentle grain. There is also a honey-sweetness present. Very pleasant

Taste: sharp pointed flavours from both the barley whiskey and from the grain whiskey, with nice gentle wine around the edges. Yes, the grain does seem more aggressive on the palate than it does on the nose, and the flavour tastes to me to be of wheat primarily. This is quite sweet, but definitely not too much so. The vividness of the high quality flavours is the high point for Tullamore DEW 12 YO

Finish: moderate length for most of the flavours; finishes on a sweet honeyed note

Balance: this is a nice package, with more depth than has standard Tullamore DEW, which I also like. For those who like nice sharp and pointed Irish blended whiskey, Tullamore DEW 12 YO is quite a good choice

Very well composed and comprehensive review, started with Tullamore Dew and irish whiskies some 8-9 years ago, interesting to read about the 12 year old. Thanks again Victor

Hi Victor, what is it with Irish whiskies having this sharp taste? Anyway, nice review. I'd like to try this one. Have you had the 10 year old single malt? Just wondering how it compares to the 12 year old blend.


As we lead up to St. Patrick's Day, it's time to look at an Irish whisky (I will do some more next week). Tullamore Dew gets it's name from a) the town of Tullamore and b) D. E. Williams, whose family gained control of the distillery in 1903. Tullamore DEW-illiams, get it? The distillery closed in 1954 and the brand was sold to Powers before being bought by Irish Distillers. Tullamore Dew is now distilled at Midleton. The 12 Year Old is a blend of pot still whisky, malt and grain whiskies, between 12 and 15 years old. All the whiskies in the blend are matured in bourbon barrels and finished in oloroso sherry casks.

The colour is a light shimmering gold. The nose features Christmas cake (likely due to the oloroso), lemon, and berries - fresh, clean and fruity. The longer I nose, the more the Christmas cake becomes hot cross buns, with roasted almonds. Very floral and herbal as well. Crisp and delicious. Water brings a little heat and spice.

On the palate there is more citrus (lime and lemon), some cinnamon, and much of the lighter fruits such as grapefruit, apples and oranges. Some oak is there but it is in the background. Silky mouthfeel, very elegant. Water accentuates the grain, adding some nuttiness.

The finish is light but long and with some depth - more sherry notes, with some pot still grain at the very end. A very fruity, complex blend - although I have not yet tasted the standard Tullamore Dew, I understand that it is very different (and much inferior). Perhaps this 12 year old has a higher ratio of pot still, as it is very dominant (which I love). The overall impression is one of luxuriousness, as if it should be more expensive (FYI - this is not available yet at the LCBO). Winner of Best Irish Blend at the 2011 World Whiskies Awards.

Beautiful review,@talexander! I have been a fan of Tullamore DEW 12 yo for many years. I like standard Tullamore DEW also, though that one is quite polarising in some quarters.

Tullamore DEW 10 Yo Single Malt is made at Cooley, and is rather unusual, in a noteworthy way.

Very nice review, I'll definitely pick this one up for sure. It's nice reading some reviews of Irish whiskies as well and not only the fire breathing scottish ones.

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