Tasting Notes For Writer’s Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey
Nose: Orchard fruit with hints of sweet vanilla of spicy pot still.
Taste: Honeyed vanilla with ginger and caramel over a background of toasted oak.
Finish: Long and elegant with a sweet nutty hint.
This Irish Whiskey is a blend of single pot still and malt Whiskey. Light, sweet and wonderful, it’s fast becoming one of those whiskeys which you simply must try.
Many Irish writers suffered from ‘Writer’s Block’ and it was said that when they cried, they cried tears of Whiskey. Most, if not all of them, sought comfort and inspiration from “The Water of Life” (Whiskey). The relaxing characteristics of Whiskey helped many of them overcome writers block and produce inspired works of poetry, prose and plays. Writer’s Tears, a fairly new Whiskey, is a salute to these great Irish writers.
Writer’s Tears Whiskey is distilled in the same old tradition that has existed in Ireland for hundreds of years (triple distilled, 100% pure pot still Whiskey, no grain, matured in oak bourbon barrels, non-chill filtered) and is owned by the Walsh Family, also owners of The Irishman Brands. It is a unique vatting of Single Malt and Single Pot Still whiskeys. Distilled from 60% Single Pot Still and 40% Single Malt. A gold Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in London and one of the highest rated Irish Whiskeys in Jim Murrays Iconic “Whiskey Bible” “Altogether a very unusual Irish Whiskey , a throwback to the last century where spiced Pure Pot Still whiskey was married with Floral Single Malt” –Jim Murray . It has also been added to Ian Buxton’s publication “101 Whiskeys to try before you die”. Altogether we think this is one of the most drinkable whiskeys on the market for less than $100.
International Spirits Challenge: Gold Medal 2017
Irish Whiskey Awards: Irish Whiskey of the Year 2015
Jim Murrays Whisky Bible: 93 points 2017
The company behind The Irishman and Writers Tears whiskey was set up by husband and wife partnership Bernard and Rosemary Walsh in 1999. The initial aim for the Walshes was to blend and bottle the perfect Irish coffee, and as such the first offering from the couple was the Hot Irishman. Moving on from this, The Irishman Irish cream was released in 2005, before an agreement was reached with Irish Distillers in 2006 to distil and lay down whiskey stock for the Irishman whiskey. The first whiskey released under The Irishman label was released in 2007. Since then, the whiskey has went from strength to strength, earning critical acclaim and picking up multiple awards along the way. Many of the whiskeys in this range are unique, blending traditional Irish single pot still whiskeys with Single Malt Whiskeys, to create a fusion not seen since the heyday of Irish Whiskeys. The Irishman range has been so successful it has allowed the Walshes to open their own distillery, Royal Oak.
Royal Oak is the majestic home to the Walsh Whiskey Distillery, founded by Bernard Walsh, is a family-owned and operated distillery which ceremoniously opened its doors June 21, 2016. Walsh Whiskeys marks the return of Whiskey distilling to County Carlow, for the first time in over 200 years. They are also the only independent Irish Whiskey distillery to produce the three styles of Irish Whiskey– pot still, malt, and grain under one roof, in one still room. With columns for grain Whiskey, and pots stills for malt, Walsh Whiskey has the capacity to produce 650,000 cases of Whiskey per annum.
The picturesque distillery is also designed to hospitably caters to visitors, with its three specially crafted imported copper pots stills, built in the legendary Scottish Forsyths -the world’s most prestigious supplier of distillation equipment- and two, forty plate column stills.
A slight break from the traditional ex-Bourbon and Sherry, Walsh Distillery ages their Whiskeys in quality casks from around the world: Bourbon barrels from Kentucky, Sherry Butts from Jerez, Rum casks from St. Lucia and Marsala wine casks which they are receiving from their partners Illva Saronno in Sicily.
Walsh Whiskey’s heart and soul are the very popular Writers Tears and Irishman Whiskey. Their goal is to expand the already existing line-up of these Whiskeys. Their growing production line up is a robust offering of various expression of these brands, with 8 Whiskey (5 Irishman, 3 Writer’s Tears) offerings.
Their hybrid, single malt/pot still Irishman Founders Reserve, is highly acclaimed by Jim Murray who gave it 93 points, calling it “quite a wonderful blend.” Their distinctly floral, highly acclaimed Writer’s Tears Copper Pot , is also one of the highest rated Irish Whiskey’s in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible and one of our all-time favourites. Walsh rounds out their production range with an Irish coffee and Irish cream.
Producer Walsh Whiskeys Style Premium blend of Single Malt and Single Pot Still Age No age statement Volume 70CL ABV 40%