Hey everyone! I am definitely no expert on whiskey but I wanted to get my friend an okay bottle for their birthday. I went with Tullamore Dew based on some online suggestions I found that matched their style and my price range.
Any way, now that I have it I've been trying to learn more about it and can't seem to find anything. I know they have a special reserve 10yr and 12yr but what about the original (which is what I bought)? Is it only aged for the minimum 3 years 1 day?
Also I was wondering what the best way to serve this is?
I've read that you shouldn't chill whiskey because it stifles the flavor but for some brands it's actually good to do that? I was planning on just serving it room temperature and offering over ice if people wanted it but any one have a good suggestion on ways to serve it?
Tullamore Dew is a fine whiskey. No doubt about it. It doesn't have an age statment, but typically will be aged for between 4 and 7 years in oak casks.
In Ireland, tradition is to drink whiskey at room temperature with a little water added (again at room temperature). Nowadays, most Irish whiskey is drunk with ice. Its very pleaseant with ice.
If you enjoy Tullamore Dew, why not try something like a The Irishman Original Clan next time you but an Irish whiskey. The Irishman Original Clan is a blend of potstill whiskey and single malt, and like Tullamore Dew is distilled 3 times for exceptional smoothness.
Tullamore is, I believe, unique in Irish Whiskey in that it blends pot still, grain and malt whiskey. This gives it a pleasant maltiness as well as tones of golden barley. I am not sure about their casks but there is definately a charred wood element in there.
The brand has recently changed hands from C&C (the makers of Magner's Cider) to William Grant & Sons (the makers of Grant's/Glenfiddich) so I would expect we are likely to see much more of it as Grant's tries to make a return on its investment.
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