Tullamore D.E.W. 14yo – Four Cask Finish – 41.3% abv
Info: Triple distilled and finished in four kinds of casks: Old bourbon, Oloroso Sherry, Port and Madeira.
Colour: Rich and golden, with orange and pink tints.
Nose: Really sweet and scented, flavours escape easily to your nose and the wine finishes really come forward nicely. Like a bag of soft jelly sweets when you open them.
Palate: The palate feels reasonably thick, even at this abv. The wine notes are apparent quite quickly giving it a green grape quality alongside the barley and other fruits. There’s almost an effervescent quality.
Finish: Really fairly long, it gets subtle quite quickly, but sticks around for ages with a balanced sweetness, and some barley notes at the back.
Thoughts: Not terribly high on the ABV, that said, it doesn’t matter one jot, it’s a fabulous whisky, and for once a four cask finish that doesn’t just feel like a manufactured trick, it works, and works well. We tried four Tullamore drams on the same evening and this 14yo came out by far the top… Keep an eye out for it, I think you’ll probably like it.
Available: Master of Malt – £53.89
Thanks to Tullamore D.E.W. for the sample.