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Tul­lam­ore D.E.W. is an­other triple-dis­tilled Ir­ish whiskey that’s risen to in­ter­na­tional promi­nence. Ire­land’s first blended whiskey, Tul­lam­ore D.E.W. Orig­i­nal in­cor­po­rates pot still, malt and grain whiskey, each lend­ing dif­fer­ent as­pects – gen­tle spice, fruiti­ness and a sweet soft­ness re­spec­tively – of its well-loved char­ac­ter to the drink. Aged in a com­bi­na­tion of sherry and bour­bon casks, the whiskey de­vel­ops a won­der­ful smooth­ness, al­low­ing its com­plex­ity to come gen­tly through. Tast­ing notes re­fer to a flo­ral open­ing with hints of cit­rus, bis­cuits and spicy notes. There’s also a nut­ti­ness on the palate, that cul­mi­nates in a dis­tinc­tive, sweet vanilla fin­ish.

If you’re look­ing for a Christ­mas present for some­one who knows their whiskey, and that won’t cost an arm and a leg, the Tul­lam­ore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Spe­cial Re­serve – win­ner of the Best Blended Ir­ish Whiskey with an RRP of un­der

€60 gong at the Ir­ish Whiskey Awards 2015 – is a great op­tion. Dried fruits, nuts and choco­late har­monise into a heady pra­line hit, with hints of Christ­mas cake. You could say that it’s the ideal sea­sonal drink.

In 2014, Tul­lam­ore D.E.W. re­turned to its an­ces­tral home in County Of­faly. Their new state-of-the-art dis­tillery in­cludes a vis­i­tor cen­tre com­plete with a restau­rant, The Bond, serv­ing tra­di­tional Ir­ish fare. To book tours and tast­ings see tul­lam­ore­

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