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Aged: No age statement
Product of: Ireland (Eire)
The first of the old Irish whiskey brands to be reformulated as a blend, Tullamore D.E.W. remains one of the lightest of Irish whiskies. Blended from 3 types of whiskey - pot still, malt and grain whiskies. It is predominantly matured in ex-bourbon casks with only a small sherry wood contribution.
Tullamore Distillery was founded in 1829 by Michael Molloy in the county town of Tullamore in County Offly, Ireland. After Molloy's death in 1857 the distillery passed to his nephew Bernard Daly, then to Daly's son Captain Bernard Daley who promoted the then distillery's engineer, Daniel E. Williams, to general manager. It was Williams who marketed the brand under the name Tullamore Dew, a pun on his own initials, and eventually took control of the distillery. For years the brand was marketed with the slogan 'give every man his Dew'.
Tullamore Distillery closed in the 1950s when the brand was bought by Powers, one of the distilleries which later merged to form Irish Distillers. Tullamore D.E.W. is now distilled by Irish distillers in Midleton but since 1994 has been owned by C&C International, which in turn came under the ownership of William Grant in May 2010.
New packaging launched in August 2012 saw the rectangular bottle become more squared with the demise of the pair of Irish Wolfhound dogs previously part of the brand's logo. Previously written 'Dew', the brand name also acquired initials to become 'D.E.W.' in order to emphasize the brand originally being a pun on the name 'Daniel E. Williams', reinforced by his signature now appearing on the bottle's lower label.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 01/09/2012
Clear, coppery amber with gold highlights. (Pre-2012 samples without the initials are pale straw yellow.)
Fruity cereal grainy nose which starts reminiscent of All-Bran breakfast cereal but opens to reveal pear fruit with honey and faint cacao. (Pre-2012 samples have a metallic grapey nose with floral aromas.)
Creamy sweet barley malt and caramel with hints of pear skin and pear fruit with subtle cinnamon spice. (Heavier and rounder than its former self).
Cereal finish with lingering mild cinnamon and black pepper spice. Much rounder and altogether more flavoursome than previously.
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