Tullamore 20-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
B. Daly & Co. Ltd.
early 1930's
early 1950's
Stated Age
20 years old
757 ml
Bottled for
P O'Kane & Co.
Ireland Ireland
Added on
17 jan 2020 8:56 pm by MaltMartin

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Whisky reviews for Tullamore 20-year-old

11 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.77 points.

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    If Alex/SFWC is right - and there is no reason not to believe him - this is pre WWI Tullamore. How cool is that! I'm glad to be able to share this bottle with several of my valued (WB) friends. They already have written some exhaustive tasting notes which I completely endorse. Every time I taste this ancient pot still whiskey I appreciate it more and more.
    • Nose
      Wow, what a nose! A splendid mix of forest fruit, old Balsamic vinegar, Fernet Branca (what Baanaanaabob says:-)) and Demarara rum. Followed by prunes, plums and Christmas cake notes. Whiff of moss, mushrooms and humus as well. Later on hints of mint and eucalyptus. It's very multi-layered, so much to discover every time again.
    • Taste
      Yes, yes, yes! Lots of stewed figs and dates now, accompanied by raisins, blood oranges and truffle. Blackberries and raspberry jam. Spices of caraway and cardamom. Like Lincolnimp I got hints of Turkish Delight and marshmallows as well. Dark chocolate and espresso coffee in the background. The oiliness mouth feel of old pot still whiskey is gloriously there.
    • Finish
      Long and lingering. Cinnamon. A little ginger. Liquorice. It's all fantastic and strikingly fresh and heavy at the same time. Unique whiskey experience.

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  3. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    What a whiskey - legendary, epic.
    Alex from the San Francisco Whiskey Club has speculated that this could even be a bottling from the 1910s, since there is no additional DEW on the label, which has only been available since 1932. 20yo old, count back and close your jaw again, slowly.
    Whether pre WW I or pre WW II, this is a whiskey that theoretically my great-grandfather could have had in his glass. I would now shake his hand sincerely, thank him for this absolutely formidable whiskey and ask him to give his only great-grandson a palette of this fine substance in his will.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A poem from a nose: a basket full of (very ripe) wild berries, mossy and damp deciduous forest floor, autumn leaves, plus a pleasantly perfumed nose with a splash of cologne, shoe polish. Slowly but steadily, surprisingly, tropical fruits also appear, which combine in the finest way with the wild berries. Hoof abrasion, warm lubricating oil. Smoke? Maybe a little...
    • Taste
      91 91
      Rich and penetrating taste of raisins, dried dates and figs. Damp, autumnal deciduous forest floor, chain grease. Here it moves away from the fruitcake, towards an earthy, loamy pot still with aged leather, pipe tobacco (instead of the perfumed note from the nose) and cane syrup. Slightly dry, but at the same time with a very oily mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dried fruit, the chain grease and lubricating oil, the deciduous forest floor - everything stays there for a long time, so you can taste it forever. And now sniff the empty glass again with only a tiny tip in it - just wonderful.

  4. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A historic and important Irish, one that was meant for our Great Grandfathers to drink. It doesn't get much cooler than that. Thank you Martin for sharing this history with me.

    Tullamore closed a year before my dad was born. Wild. Really appreciate the opportunity to try this!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Old style right away; that would be old coins, shoe polish, your grandfathers old tin of wax. There is very little obe, which is very cool. Lots of life in it. Loads of old herbs, which I love. Brass polish, and old bits of garage. All with this soft underlying wax, which I can only describe as - old. Mushrooms, absolutely. Dried cherry. Lots of power in a blenders glass. Lovely and historic nose.

      Really agree with Martin's nose here. Lots of moss, mushrooms and herbal goodness :)
    • Taste
      90 90
      Starts to lose steam on the palate, but the old waxes, resins, mushrooms, herbs (perhaps a little bay leaf) and coins remain. No flaws, other than its power, but we are sort of blasted with abv nowadays.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The oak chimes in on the finish and it's a welcome addition, giving a bit more oomph. Still has plenty of herbs, resins and old polish. Very cool indeed

  5. stefsel111 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. sjoerd972 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Quite a bit of OBE on the nose. After that evaporates there is a gorgeous whiskey underneath it.

    Full review at https://maltfascination.com/2022/01/18/tullamore-20-years-old/

  7. whiskytornado scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I feel very lucky to be able to try that piece of whiskey history, thanks Martin! fernet branca, herbs, dark fruits, cinammon, nutmeg, quite spicy, dried lemon, very enjoyable and still so fresh.

  9. Tom03 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Thx Martin for tasting this whiskey! Twice! Fucking great!

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This has been in the bottle a long time and the level has
    obviously dropped a little in the bottle with some oxidisation taking place. As the quality on offer was high when it was bottled it has managed to shrug those years off to some extent.
    My mind boggles at what this must have tasted like when first bottled, I am pretty sure it would have been approaching the mid 90's points wise.
    Still an education of bygone years and great to taste with a depth of profile and balance that is really good.
    I also really like the bottle label :)
    Even after 30 minutes and an empty glass the vapours are still powerful and being honest pretty awesome.
    • Nose
      93 93
      This has a very expressive nose and it is all on stewed tropical fruits like mango, peach, nectarine, pineapple and some dried hay notes and cereals and of course a bucket load of those OBE notes you find in old Whiskies of yesteryear.
      There is also a little white pepper and warm brioche just out the oven followed by dried orange and lemon peels.
      It noses like one of those very old classical 1960's vintage old grains.
      It is on the one hand quite light yet there is a lot of depth here with flavours popping out as you go back to it.
      Really old bottles of Redbreast also have this quality.
    • Taste
      88 88
      I was expecting this to be sweeter on first tasting but there is a really nice Turkish Delight and marshmallow note.
      There is fruit but it is quite neutral being neither sweet just edging towards unripe/slightly sour?
      There is is a nice icing sugar note, the coating on a sugared almonds that sort of thing.
      The fruit starts to turn bitter and then some wood makes an appearance and it starts to become a little difficult but it claws back some sweetness and a nice spice note tries it's best to nullify the bitterness coming in from the wood and almost succeeds but not quite,
    • Finish
      88 88
      Not that long and still a battle between sweetness and the unripe fruit but remains composed with no dram.

  11. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  12. SFWC scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    We believe this is an earlier bottling as DEW is not mentioned anywhere on the label as is the case from 1932 on. This is possibly pre World War I. 10's or 30's distillate, either way this is exceptional old Pot Still. 20 years is a sweet spot for ex-bourbon maturation and this is the case here. Lots of bright fresh tropical fruits like a 72' Caperdonich or 76' Tomatin and they balance the diesel oil and savoury bread and clotted cream characters of the pot still. We brought our bottle to Tullamore and opened it by the Old Bonded Warehouse with the staff. Slainte.


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