The town of Tullamore in Ireland has a long and interesting history of firsts. The original distillery (no longer extant) was built in 1829. Daniel E. Williams (the D.E.W. in the name) who became general manager in the 1880’s brought electricity, telephones and motor cars to the town. In a very real sense, he brought the town into the modern era through whiskey.
The other notable event which took place in Tullamore was the world’s first major aviation disaster. On May 10, 1785, a hot air balloon crashed in the town and the resulting explosion caused well over 100 homes to burn down. And yet, this tragedy drew the community together, and like the phoenix, they rose and rebuilt the town again. To this day, they hold a yearly Phoenix Festival, and their coat of arms depicts a phoenix rising from ashes.
So, to commemorate these two key events, Tullamore DEW has debuted a limited edition high-proof whiskey. A triple distilled blend of grain, malt and pot still whiskies, it is aged in old oloroso sherry casks and bottled at 55% ABV.
Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix (110 proof)
Visual: Sunny gold.
Nose: Lots of woody top notes, layered with vanilla essence.
Taste: Smooth and almost chocolatey with a creamy mouthfeel. Lots going on here, due to the higher proof. Adding a splash of branch water brings out more caramel and vanilla with a dry, bittersweet edge.
Finish: Remarkable and long-lasting. There is a richness and body here, which few Irish whiskies have attained.
Overall: A lovely whiskey which should be in every enthusiasts bar. I hope that they decided to produce it on a regular basis.
GSN Rating: A
For more information go to: Tullamore D.E.W.