Tullamore Dew 12-year-old D.E. Williams Tullamore

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Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
90 (proof)
700 ml
Private Stock - Old Irish Whiskey
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10 Dec 2018 7:47 am by MaltMartin

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Whisky Reviews for Tullamore Dew 12-year-old D.E. Williams Tullamore

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.23 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Bought this bottle out of curiousity to find out how an old Tullamore OB from pre 1954 would taste like. I had several expressions of Knappogue Castles 1950/1951 as well as some stunning Cadenhead's from 1948/1949, but this is completely different. Not the big and bold pot still characteristics of the Dublin distilleries of that era (John Power and John Jameson), but soft and gentle notes of citrus and zest. I have never seen similar bottles on auctions. Happy that I could open the bottle and share it with everyone who has give it an actual rating on Whiskeybase.
    • Nose
      Wow, what a superb nose with lots of old pure pot still characteristics! Oily waxiness of paraffin. Mineral notes of wet stones. Some chalk as well. Followed by dusty sweetness of dried apricots tangerines and gooseberries. Hints of peach as well. Touches of nettle and eucalyptus. Toffee and nuttiness at the background. It's all very delicate.
    • Taste
      Now more on the zesty side with lemon peel, lime and a little kiwi fruit. Orange marmalade. Barley sugar and some maltiness. Hints of ginger and dried herbs. Later on leafy notes intermingled with apple-mint. Might be a little thin on the palate, but what a complexity!
    • Finish
      Quite long. A little pepper and nutmeg. Grapefruit bitterness. Some soft woody notes at the background. Pine at the end. This whiskey is perfectly balanced. Such a pleasure to be able to taste and share this whiskey with my friends.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    What a fantastic whiskey. It is so wonderfully multi-layered and varied and yet so absolutely round and calm.
    • Nose
      Incredibly intense and haunting - aroma cinema with Dolby Atmos for the nose. Fat and waxy, with a truckload of pot still spices. In the distance, a touch of warmth from an oil burner. Slightly mineral and salty. Pineapples and oranges, marzipan in waves, almonds and hazelnuts.
    • Taste
      Lays thick and creamy on the tongue. High viscosity. Orange zest, apricot kernels and a little lemon. In addition, the full range of spices, mainly pepper, tarragon and marjoram. Becomes dry over time and reveals spicy oak. Somewhat damp cardboard and a slightly moldy cellar.
    • Finish
      Long and dry, still orange peel, now that slightly mineral note from the nose. Releases aromas for a long time, which is lucky because you don't want to say goodbye to it.

  3. Dram Dracula did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      First thought that came to mind... Eucalyptus with some Chinese rubbing alcohol? Metals. Super sharp lime. Very grassy notes. Cilantro juice? I've never tried a pure cilantro juice before, but I would imagine it would nose like this. Strange. But I would reach for this again for sure, to try again, and again.
    • Taste
      Very dusty. Old books and manuscripts. A slight mustiness and dirt. That grassiness again, but with some saw dust. Kiwi, wheatgrass. I tasted a Mortlach from the 1930's that is similar to this I believe. Definitely ancient as far as whiskey is concerned. What an experience this is. It's hard to judge these kind of whiskey... Was this how it was back then? Extreme OBE? All I can say is, Thank You Martin!
    • Finish
      Lingering dustinesssssss....

  4. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A really nice old Irish whiskey, a pleasure to taste, I would be surprised if anyone could dislike such an elegant sweetness.

    The longer you leave it in the glass the better it got, I used my best tasting glass for this one and I have dozens but when trying old whiskey, everything has to be right :)

    One of the best Irish whiskey I have tried
    • Nose
      Lots going on, a whiskey that smells old (age in bottle) the trademark Irish fruit is there but there are some medicinal notes so pretty sure some OBE on show here.
      A basket of stewed fruits with a slight perfume twist mixed in with the coating off sugared almonds and pistachio.
      This is constantly evolving with air and after 5 minutes or so it gets a little grassy, another 5 minutes a little honeycomb and Belgian waffles.
    • Taste
      Quite light, fruity & zesty but everything is balanced.
      The sweetness grows in your mouth, it is a sweet syrupy sugar of the candy variety but certainly barley sugars.
      Wine gum flavours emerge and icing sugar with brioche pastry and hints of bubble gum
    • Finish
      Reasonable length remaining sweet with hints of vanilla now but mainly lemon sherbet and on the tail a slight industrial/chemical note, not off putting and actually adds to the experience.

  6. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    an old dram with a velvet sensation in the mouth; malt very present which leaves a feeling of heaviness, a little dusty, a little dry wood, a little leather too, fruit syrup, a feeling a little watery in the mouth and spices a little set back.
    The sensation of crushed and cooked almonds is revealed with a vanilla and woody return, caramel also that lasts in the mouth.


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