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Tullamore Dew Phoenix Limited Edition

Rising From the Ashes

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@VictorReview by @Victor

2nd Aug 2014

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    21
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    88

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The Phoenix was placed on the coat of arms of the town of Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland, to symbolise the rebuilding of the town after a fire resulting from the crash of a hot air balloon in 1785. The distillery in Tullamore operated from 1829 until its closing in 1953. Currently Tullamore DEW whiskeys are produced at the Midleton Distillery in the South of Ireland. D.E.W. are the initials of Daniel E. Williams who was the manager of the distillery at the time of the introduction of electricity to Tullamore in 1893. Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix blends malt whiskey, pot still whiskey, and grain whiskey, and is finished in oloroso sherry casks. There is no age statement on the bottle. The reviewed bottle is # 13 of 30,236. The reviewed bottle was opened one day ago. I have been eager to try this whiskey since I first saw that it is bottled at 55% abv, an unusually high abv for a blended Irish Whiskey

Nose: high intensity caramel, very noticeable sherry-wine grapey flavours, strong barley as cereal-grain, hard (mostly wheat) "grain whiskey" flavours, vanilla, significantly strong alcohol greeting. Water fuses the flavours together, but they maintain great intensity. The wine flavours gain prominence. This is very nice, and I love the unaccustomed intensity of the flavours for a blended Irish whiskey

Taste: very big grainy flavours in the mouth, unmalted barley, malted barley, and wheat "grain" whiskey. This Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix is bracing and not too refined. The sherry and caramel flavours from the nose also translate strongly to the palate. I like this a lot, but if elegant and subtle are what you are looking for, this is not it. With water, the flavours remain a little fierce, with a notable juxtaposition of sweet and sour flavours.

Finish: pretty long, tapering toward a balance of sour against sweet and bitter caramel on a bed of wine. Added water emphasises the sour component and the wine

Balance: like the phoenix rising from the ashes, this is a whiskey of fierce force, and not one of finesse and gentility. I like it. I like it a lot, but you have to recognise it for what it is. If you are looking for subtlety and sophistication you came to the wrong place. But, for the extrovert there is lots here to entertain, in a roughhewn and somewhat aggressive style. This very clearly tastes like Irish whiskey. Its vibrant forcefulness and concentration of flavours make it one of the more aggressive and hard-edged Irish whiskeys

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8 comments

@thecyclingyogi
thecyclingyogi commented

sounds very different than pretty much every irish whiskey i've tasted.... nifty!

i'll be on the lookout to try it, thanks for another great review.

6 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@thecyclingyogi, thanks for joining in.

Jim Murray has repeatedly stated that he considers the grain whiskey produced at Midleton to be the hardest, sharpest grain whiskey produced at any distillery. I can see why. Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix presents those stiff grain flavours in their full in-your-face directness. This is mostly a result of bottling the whiskey at 55% abv, I am sure.

6 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

@Victor thank you the review. Your review has me thinking this has real character. I will try to find this one !

6 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Interesting, I think, that Montgomery County, Maryland received the numbered bottles from the very beginning of the series from this Irish Limited Editon. Curious. 186 more bottles of this are for sale in county.

6 years ago 0

@newreverie
newreverie commented

So I just bought a bottle of this and I have 16 of 10686. Did they make another release?

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

@newreverie, "I'm not for sure" as to whether there was more than one batch run of Tullamore DEW Phoenix. I do know that in July 2018 I was told by a Tullamore DEW rep that there would be no additional batches of Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix.

Are you enjoying your bottle?

2 years ago 2Who liked this?

@newreverie
newreverie commented

@Victor it is an enjoyable Irish. I'm probably going to grab a few spares given the price. I picked it up to replace a redbreast cask strength.

2 years ago 2Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

@newreverie, I suspect that the first number is actually the year of bottling and the second number is the bottle number within that year group. My second bottle of Phoenix reads, "16/16032". I bought that second bottle about 3 years after I had purchased the first one, "13/30236". What is also unclear is whether there were two or more actual separate batches produced in different years, or perhaps there was one very large vatting put together and held in a stainless steel tank for bottling at different times. I suspect the latter.

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