Walsh Whiskey

History Having established Walsh Whiskey in 1999, Bernard and Rosemary Walsh are on a life-journey of exploration to create the perfect drop of whiskey imaginable. As their journey and creations evolve, Bernard and Rosemary have built an international following for their portfolio of super-premium, award-winning whiskeys: The Irishman and Writers’ Tears.

Both brands offer taste profiles that are unique, through the recreation of traditional Irish whiskey recipes from the 19th Century – Ireland’s golden era of whiskey distilling. While honouring the past, Bernard and Rosemary also introduce truly innovative new expressions for contemporary palates in a modern era.

As whiskey creators, we work with a range of carefully selected partners to explore how different grains, whiskey styles and woods interact and contribute to taste over time – plenty of it! We seek-out the best styles and distillates in Ireland, as well as casks from the four corners of the world. When cask-hunting, we look for, not just those of the highest wood quality and barrel structure but, most importantly, the ones that have been seasoned with exceptional liquid.

The Whiskyphiles tasting notes:

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  • the_irishman_12_year_old_single_malt The Irishman 12 Years Old Single Malt - The Irishman 12 Years Old Single Malt (43%, OB, 2016) Category: Irish single malt whiskey Origin: Cooley Distillery Bottling: Walsh Whiskey ABV: 43% Cost: £55.43 What they say: At The Irishman we […]
  • the-irishman-single-malt-irish-whiskey The Irishman Single Malt - Of similar quality to The Irishman The Harvest expression but quite a different character, lacking that Pot Still spice and also complexity from both malt and mixed cask maturation resulting in something very enjoyable. 84/100
  • The Irishman The Harvest - Robust thanks to the Pot Still spices bestowed by green barley, vanilla from the Bourbon oak and biscuity malt notes also lead to an entertaining and complex dram for an entry-level price. 84/100
  • walsh_whiskey Walsh Whiskey New Make Pot Still Spirit - Walsh Whiskey New Make Pot Still Spirit (75.5%, OB, 2016) Category: Irish New Make Pot Still Spirit Origin: Royal Oak Distillery Bottling: Walsh Whiskey for #WalshWhiskey tweet tasting ABV: 75.5% Cost: £n/a […]
  • writers-tears-cask-strength-2018-release-whisky Writers Tears Cask Strength 2018 Edition - Writers Tears Cask Strength 2018 Edition whisky review: An interesting foray into cask strength Irish Whisky. Approachable at presentation strength and just that little bit more flavourful and intense on the palate. Thankfully everything is soft and well presented here making this very drinkable and enjoyable. 85/100
  • writers-tears-copper-pot Writers Tears Copper Pot - Writers Tears Copper Pot (40%, OB, 2016) Category: Irish blended single malt and single pot still whiskey Origin: Cooley Distillery Bottling: Walsh Whiskey ABV: 40% Cost: £28.99 What they say: Writerṣ Tears” […]
  • writers-tears-inniskillen-ice-wine-cask-whiskey Writers Tears Inniskillen Icewine Cask - more floral, fruity and fragrant expression and some great herbal influences in here too. Stone fruits play the lead here with some tropical nature later. 85/100
  • writers-tears-japanese-cask Writers Tears Japanese Cask - Not as favoured as the sweeter Icewine cask, this had a slighty more savoury and dare I say Umami feel about it following the Mizunara oak finish. More elegant in presentation and worthwhile spending longer with this one, this is a sip and savour dram, especially when you consider the unusual and rare nature of its construction. 84/100
  • wrtiers_tears_red_head Writers Tears Red Head - Writers Tears Red Head (46%, OB, 2016) Category: Irish blended single malt and single pot still whiskey Origin: Cooley Distillery Bottling: Walsh Whiskey ABV: 46% Cost: €48.99 What they say: This exquisite, […]
  • writers-tears-seaweed-ipa-cask Writers Tears Seaweed IPA Cask - Another rather unique expression, definitely a cut above the standard Writers Tears expressions available. A touch overtly hoppy in places which I certainly enjoyed but really shines in the finish. 84/100
  • writers-tears-single-pot-still-whisky Writers Tears Single Pot Still - A more complex expression thanks both to the use of only triple-distilled single pot still style whisky and the cask maturation combination. More developed flavours are presented from the PX and Marsala casks. 83/100