My wife wanted to make some Irish coffee so I obliged to pick her up a cheap Irish mixer. I couldn't recall ever having tried Tullamore Dew so picked up a bottle. While the wife was making her coffee I decided to pour a couple ounces in a glencairn to sip on this crisp Sunday afternoon while I listened to one of my favorite metal albums, Behemoth's "Zos Kia Cultas."
Nose: I mentioned the music because it matched the nose of this whisky. Metallic. There is a coppery, metallic note that is not what I would call pleasant. Looking beyond that, there are some floral/fruity notes. Pear, green apple, strawberry.
Palate: Hmm, not much going on here. Ah, there it is. Some light vanilla and fruit notes. It's almost like drinking a pinapple/strawberry fruit juice. Thankfully that coppery element is not here like it was on the nose. Refreshing, summer weather dram.
Finish: Some vanilla and strawberry finish things off quickly.
Overall: Just don't smell this before you drink it and it's not bad. Comparable to Jameson at about $3usd cheaper. I wouldn't get this again. For $4usd more I could get OGD 114. But for people not in bourbon country, this is a decent Irish mixer. Seems like it would go great in a fruity carbonated cocktail.
Thanks for the review. I've always thought about trying this.
A few years back I took over care of a patient from a colleague. He was Irish by birth. We were discussing whether it was ok to drink alcohol and I recommended writer's tears, at the time my favourite available Irish (having tasted it with my political mentor) of the few I had tried. My colleague (who had spent time in Ireland) recommended Tullamore D.E.W. - Thi sconversation played itself out over the months I was involved. After he died (expected, I'm a palliative care doc), his wife invited each of us over at separate times and gave us each a bottle, him the Tullamore, and me the WT. At the time I kind of thought it might have been more appropriate to give each of us a bottle of the other person's suggestion. After reading your review I'll keep the bottle I got...
Thanks for the review. I got a bottle of this as a gift from my sister awhile back. I was surprised at how much I liked it when it was freshly opened, but it went “flat” very quickly. After a week of air exposure, all the lovely oily pot sill notes seemed to have disappeared and young column distilled grain notes seemed to be all that remained. Going from memory, I probably would have rated it 78-80 when freshly opened and about 68-70 by the end of the bottle.