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"A hangover is just your body telling you that you are an idiot."
As this will be my St. Patrick’s day issue, I now give my thoughts on Tullamore DEW 14-year-old triple-distilled single malt.
This whisky is finished in 4 different casks; Bourbon, Port, Madeira and Oloroso Sherry casks.
As you would expect with those cask finishes the flavor profile is varied and complex, it is also smooth and delicious.
Something you may not know about Tullamore DEW is that it is owned by William Grant and Sons, makers of Glenfiddich, Balvenie etc. Yes, they are Scottish but the whiskey is made in Ireland and as
We all know William Grant and Sons make superb whiskies.
So, would I buy it? Yes, I would. I don’t buy a lot of Irish whiskey, not because I dislike it, quite the reverse, there are many fine Irish whiskies. I just get distracted by scotch and latterly by Bourbon.
You can buy Tullamore DEW 14-year-old for around $80.00 a bottle.
Nose - Citrus, pineapple, and vanilla.
Palate - Apple, grape, and vanilla.
Finish - Sweet and fruity.
I now give my thoughts on Leiper’s Fork Tennessee Whiskey.
My wife and I were in Franklin, Tennessee and dropped in to a bar called “O B Joyful” for lunch. When I asked to try the Leiper’s Fork Tennessee Whiskey. The barman “Matt” told me that he generally prefers drinking Bourbons, but that he was very impressed with this Tennessee
I have to agree with him, as you know the bulk of my whisky drinking has been Scotch, and when anyone mentions Tennessee whiskey I think of Jack Daniels, which I find overly sweet (update, on a tour of Jack daniels Distillery, I was told to try the JD Single Barrel, Barrel Proof, as it is not as sweet, I’ll try it and let You know).
This whiskey is not overly sweet and is a fine dram that I really enjoyed.
At this point, I think it only fair to mention that I had an interview at the distillery the next day and was offered a job, which I accepted. That however does not influence my comments. This is a very nice high end Whiskey and I can highly recommend it.
So, would I buy it? Yes, I would, I like this one.
You can buy Leiper’s Fork Tennessee Whiskey for around $85.00 a bottle.
Nose - Cherry, honey, mocha and plums.
Palate - Baking spices, caramel and red berries.
Finish - Dark Cherry, plum and a hint of spice.
I now give my thoughts on Evan Williams Black Label, a Kentucky straight Bourbon by Heaven Hill, who have been producing Bourbon since 1783. That’s up there with some of the world’s oldest
distilleries and is a testament to their product.
I think that if you buy this, that you will be pleasantly surprised that a Bourbon this cheap, can taste this good.
It certainly surprised me, I think in part, because of my background with Scotch, when they are that cheap, they are usually terrible.
So, would I buy it? Yes, I would, it’s not only a good Bourbon, but is inexpensive and goes very well with a nice cigar. I usually recommend that you try a whiskey before buying a bottle, but I’ll
make an exception with this one, the price is ridiculously low, I have frequently paid more for a dram of scotch, than I had to pay for a bottle of this. As always, it’s down to personal taste, but I like this one.
You can buy Evan Williams Black Label for around $20.00 a bottle. I have actually seen it for as low as $14.00 a bottle.
Nose - Caramel apple, vanilla & baking spices.
Palate - Apple, ginger vanilla & black pepper.
Finish - Long with Spicy oak & citrus.