Whisky Review: Writers Tears Copper Pot

Category: Irish blended single malt and single pot still whiskey

Origin: Cooley Distillery

Bottling: Walsh Whiskey

ABV: 40%

Cost: £28.99 from Flaviar

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What they say:

Writerṣ Tears” is a unique old Irish Pot still Whiskey. It is a vatting of Single Malt and Single Pot Still whiskeys. Distilled from 60% malt and 40% pot Still (No Grain). Writers Tears is triple distilled, non -peated and matured and aged in American Oak bourbon casks. A gold Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in London and one of the highest rated Irish Whiskeys in Jim Murrays Iconic “Whiskey Bible” “Altogether a very unusual Irish Whiskey , a throwback to the last century where spiced Pure Pot Still whiskey was married with Floral Single Malt” –Jim Murray . It has also been added to Ian Buxton’s publication “101 Whiskeys to try before you die.

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.

What I say:

Dram #3 from the #WalshWhiskey tweet tasting and my favourite of the evening was this blend of single malt and pot still whiskey. Aged and matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks, triple distilled and presented at 40% ABV.

Nose:

Waxy red apples, sticky back plastic, spearmint, honey, cereal barley, mashed banana, vanilla cream

Taste:

Chantilly vanilla cream, oat & honey flapjacks, honey drizzles, After Eight mint with dark chocolate, keeps going for a while!

Finish:

Medium, honeyed apples, apple pie and custard

Overall:

Feels simple yet wonderfully complex!

Score: 85/100

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