For St. Patrick's Day.
Today, March 17, that is a great celebration of the Irish – St. Patrick’s Day. The day I decided to celebrate with Irish whiskey Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix
In fact, on the blog it is the first whiskey from this country and I hope that it will be a worthy representative.
The origins of Tullamore D.E.W. dates back to 1829 when in the town of the same name the distillery was founded. Its manager was Daniel E. Williams and his initials are in the name of the whiskey. Currently, the company is working in new buildings with extensive Heritage Centre. Reportedly everything is beautifully decorated. One day I will go there, see with my own eyes.
Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix is a limited edition that was created to celebrate the restoration of the town after the balloon crash in 1785. Whiskey is composed of a blend of pot still, malt and grain. What is typical for Ireland it is triple distilled. Bottled with an impressive 55% ABV and non chillfiltered.
My bottle was signed by John Quinn, Tullamore D.E.W. Global Ambassador, whom I had the opportunity to meet at Whisky Festival in Jastrzebia Gora.
N: starts a little alcoholic, but there is no wonder in the end we have a 55% ABV, the alcohol evaporates in a few seconds, then we have delicate citrus notes, traces of lemon, more of oranges, apricots, peaches, then a lot of vanilla and toffee, a touch of honey, over the time sweetness intensifies and peppery notes joins the dance;
T: quite peppery, but at once sweet with honey, caramel and milk chocolate, then fruits – mandarins and raisins, also with the time traces of grapefruit and oak;
F: quite long, sweet with traces of toffee, caramel and grapefruit.
Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix is a solid whiskey. The high level of ABV allows for a gradual addition of water and study how whiskey is changing. Water softens and highlights the flavors, with time also adds a bit of metallic tones.
Good choice to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.