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I'm on vacation! Spent some time in Buffalo this weekend, coming back with 4.5L of spirit (yikes!) This was not one of them (but Part II is).
Tullamore Dew just went through a re-packaging, a wise move given the recent growth of Irish whiskey. Though I have no idea if it has helped sales, it is an improvement with a more attractive and slender bottle and more modern label design. They've also slightly changed the name on the label to Tullamore D.E.W., a nod to D.E. Williams who grew the distillery after the family took control in 1903. This bottle comes with a complimentary tumbler, if you are interested in swag.
The colour is a light gold, slightly cloudy. On the nose, quite a bit of malt, cooking apples, cinnamon and pastry; in other words, apple pie (but with the skins in it?) Caramel apples, as well. Linseed oil. Some rough sulphur, unfortunately. Extremely fruity (did I mention apple?) with some spicy pot still, but a little off. Even more green apple with water.
On the palate, more big juicy green apples with cinnamon and nutmeg. Marzipan - fairly sweet. Definitely some oak here, and more vanilla than on the nose. A little oily. Classic Irish though not outstanding. Water accentuates the pot still notes, and adds a little heat, which is great.
The finish is a little rough and a wee bit of sulphur comes back (though much less than on the nose). Mouth-watering but a bit chalky.