Friday, 19 December 2014

Whisky Advent Day 16: Tullamore D.E.W. 12yr Special Reserve

Well we are into the week now and the big day is fast approaching, only 8 doors left now... it will be sad when this ends.

Tullamore is an Irish whisky distillery that has been open for coming on 200 years, their own line isn't particularly extensive, however there is meant to be good quality there. The 12yr Special Reserve is a step up from the entry level and is a blend of whiskies that have had a minimum of 12 years of ageing in a mixture of bourbon and sherry barrels.

On the nose the first thing is a sweet orange and caramel note with some milk chocolate some clove and cinnamon with really strong vanilla, dried raisins and sultanas with honey. The nose is really very sweet and inviting, there's not a lot of delicacy here, all the smells are right there at the top and I feel that if you were to delve deeper there wouldn't be much more there.

On the palate the sweetness leads and at first it feels this will be a full bodied drop, but straight away it softens and drops becoming quite watery. This is quite light (probably due to the triple distillation) and there isn't a lot of power to the flavours, there are spices, honey, some citrus notes with vanilla and linseed.

Whilst the nose was very inviting I found this quite dissapointing on the palate and it isn't something I would while away a lot of time on. This is good for cocktails, shots or Irish coffee, but for that you might as well have Tullamore's entry level blend.

Tullamore D.E.W. 12yr Special Reserve is available at Master of Malt for £49.84

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