Writers’ Tears is, as it clearly says on the label, ‘distilled, matured and bottled in bond for Walsh Whisky Distillery Ltd’. That means this is sourced whisky (produced near Cork, that’s all I’m saying). Logical, as the Walsh Whisky Distillery was only founded in 2016 by Bernard and Rosemary Walsh. This did this with the fortune they made with their famous Irishman, a blend created especially to make Irish Coffee (and later followed by Hot Irishman Irish Coffee liqueur). It will be a while yet before than can release their own distilled whisky.
Lots of honey and oranges on the nose, followed by juicy pear and cranberries. Very light and approachable. Aperitif.
It is much more outspoken on the palate and quite spicy! Red berries, vanilla and oranges are wrapped in a spicy jacket of toated oak, black pepper and nutmeg. It even becomes a tad sharp. Orange zest takes the lead.
The finish is warm – actually spicy hot – but fairly short. At the death the spices fade away to be replaced by bittersweet oranges.
This was quite alright. Much more spicy than anticipated, but very nice. Currently there are three different expressions of Writers’ Tears: Copper Pot Still, Red Head and the Cask Strength. When you consider that this bottle is less than 40 EUR, it’s fair to call this this bang for your buck.