YouTube: Walsh Whiskey
As a writer, you can’t help but be drawn to Writers Tears, not just because of its name, but also the history it represents.
Going back to the 19th and early 20th century, Ireland was just as famous for its renowned writers – the likes of Shaw, Yeats, Joyce, etc – as it was for its whiskey. And, as we all know, writing and whiskey are natural partners!
A creation from the Walsh Whiskey Distillery in Carlow, Writers Tears is a unique old Irish Pot still Whiskey. It is a vatting of Single Malt and Single Pot Still whiskies, distilled from 60% malt and 40% pot still (no grain). It is triple distilled, non-peated and matured and aged in American Oak bourbon casks. Click the link for a bit of history about the concept of pot still Irish whiskey.
In the run up to St Patrick’s Day, it is fitting to delve into a few Irish whiskies – and Writers Tears just seems like the right one to start with.
APPEARANCE: Light, gentle sunshine.
NOSE: Honey, with sweet floral perfume. Heather. Almost chardonnay-like with a bit of gentle spice.
PALATE: Warm honey with ginger spice. Vanilla, icing sugar and dried fruits. There is a definite taste of char through the finish with bitters and bitter orange.
OVERALL: Smooth and creamy with a burst of spice to give it a wee bit of an edge. A nice blend of sweetness and bitterness from first sip through to the finish.
PC RATING: 77/100 (C+).
OFFICIAL TASTING NOTES:
Here are the official tasting notes, taken from the Walsh Whiskey website.
Nose: Flashes of apple with hints of vanilla and honey over a distinctively pot still base.
Palate: Gently spiced with a burst of ginger and butterscotch with background notes of toasted oak.
Finish: Long Elegant finish with subtle notes of milk chocolate and almonds.
SAMPLE SOURCE: My own collection.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a whiskey expert, just a guy who loves whiskey and writing about it from a completely personal point of view. All opinions expressed are mine and the only influence on what rating I give comes purely from what I think of what’s in the bottle.