Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Distillery Bottling
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
26 Aug 2016 8:35 am by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 40.64

9 × in wishlist

80 × member ratings

150 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Writer's Tears Red Head

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.12 points

  1. Monstruo scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      75 75

  2. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet biscuits, vanilla and red berries
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet, some red berries, cream and pepper
    • Finish
      80 80
      Short and sweet

  3. Gabor1973 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Junior

    light with a small tingle on the tongue.
    Nothing special. Just ok

  4. DGcollection scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Fruity and easy to drink.

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur


    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.

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  7. ARDBERG scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. theograph scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not my cup of tea ...
    • Nose
      Rose-Wein, Obst(schnaps), parfümiert;
    • Taste
      Weinig, Obstkorb, Erdbeeren, cremig und weich;
    • Finish
      Fruchtig, leichte Weinnote, eher kurz;

  9. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    The hot spices dominate this one. Drinks like it's 50-52%, not the 46% it says on the label. Might say skip this one and try it on a whim.
    • Nose
      The nose is young, loads of that pot still character. Oily and rich, lots of oak and some sharpness. Some sort of Berry, but it seems hot, like baked red berries...
    • Taste
      Palate is sharp, lots of forward spice, some cream and bitter orange peel. Palate seems a little shallow, I'm not getting the Sherry notes that they claim. It's a little too young, or it didn't marry long enough with the cask.
    • Finish
      Finish is is hot and short, lots of wood spice, some oily creaminess but fades quickly. There's a bit of some sort of Sherry in the finish, but it fades too quickly too.

  10. wisekycourse scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, orange and pear, spices quite pronounced!
    On the palate, it is fine, greedy, fruity, spicy, the scents of sherry come second with those of dry wood, finally sensation of red berries a little maderized and fresh cereals.
    In the final, the alcohol at this time and then sweet fruity scents dominate.

    A dram of a single malt that is drunk like a blended, without thinking too much, but like a treat!


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