About Tullamore DEW 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Situated in the Midlands region of Ireland, the city of Tullamore was ruled for centuries by Clan O'Molloy. On May 10, 1785, a hot air balloon crashed into the city and began a fire that destroyed over 100 homes, making Tullamore the site of the world's first known aviation disaster. Following the accident, the city adopted a phoenix (a phoenix is a mythological Greek bird that is reborn after it dies) rising from the ashes as its coat of arms, a symbol of its resilience and recovery. Tullamore DEW Distillery was founded within 50 years of the accident, and is situated at the very site where the hot air balloon struck a smoking chimney, which started the fire.
Tullamore DEW Single Malt Irish Whiskey is made exclusively from malted barley. Once the grains are harvested, they are milled and mashed with hot water before being fermented in wooden washbacks. During fermentation, the grains' sugars are converted into alcohol, creating a strong yet sour beer called wash. The wash is then triple distilled through three copper-pot stills: a wash still, a low wines still and a pot still. Through each distillation process, the alcohol content and flavors of the whiskey are intensified.
Following distillation, the whiskey is matured in four different types of casks: ex-bourbon casks, ex-Oloroso Sherry casks, ex-port casks and ex-maderia wine casks. This unusual, quadruple-maturation process imparts a unique flavor profile to the whiskey, and contributes a thicker, chewier mouthfeel.
Tullamore DEW 10 Year Old Irish Whiskey has an aroma of pineapple and apricots, that gives way to bold notes of roasted nuts, caramel and berries on the palate. The finish is long and smooth, with notes of sherry balanced against a subtle, citrusy undertone.
Tullamore DEW 10 Year Old earned the Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the International Wine and Spirits Competition and the Spirits Masters Awards in 2012. In addition, it was named "Best Irish Whiskey of the Year" at the New York International Wine and Spirits Competition.
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About Irish Whiskey
Contrary to popular belief that Scots invented whisk(e)y, Irish whiskey was mentioned almost a century before its Scottish brother.
Its origin comes from the perfume distilling monks who decided to tweak the recipe a bit, creating Irish whiskey.
Irish whiskey doesn’t have a lot of rules and regulations to be considered “pure” and can be made with various grains and processes, as long as it is aged for at least three years in wooden casks and has a max ABV of 94.8%.
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