Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whisky is a blend of grain whisky, malt whisky and pot still whisky triple cask matured in traditional refill barrels, ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry butts.
Notes of apricot, peach, orange marmalade and ginger. It is somewhat less fiery on the palate than scotch whisky and you might want to say smoother. Yes there is a burn but a smouldering one as opposed to raging one. As the heat is less intense there is no need to reduce its temperature with a few drops of water unless you are looking for an even mellower drink. Notes of honey, toasted marshmallows, cooked oatmeal and apricot jam. The finish is warm, long and lingering.
Served With Water
It ordinarily takes a few drops of filtered or spring water to tone down but in this case it really messes with this whisky robbing it of much of its taste and identity. I would not recommend serving with water. I had to dump the contents as it tasted like flavoured water instead of whisky complimented and gently altered by water. The question then how does it fair with ice!
Served over the Rocks
With the ice there is initially only a slight modification of the aromas. But it also adds some tangerine and butterscotch to the honey, toasted marshmallows, cooked oatmeal and apricot jam. Unfortunately as the ice melts we have the water attacking and destroying the whisky’s character after 45 seconds. Whisky is not meant to be gulped down in 45 seconds.
You may have heard the expression, “Go West young man!” With Tullamore D.E.W. it is, Go Neat young man!”