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Review: New Tullamore Dew 10 year old

June 12th, 2008

I’m on a roll reviewing new Irish whiskeys, so I might as well keep it going. Here’s my review of the new Tullamore Dew 10 year old which will be working its way into circulation. This review will appear in the 4th Quarter issue of Malt Advocate magazine.

81Tullamore Dew, 10 year old, 40%, $35
This whisky is in between the “Original” Tullamore and Tullamore Dew 12 year old in age and price range, and it also fits in between the two in flavor and quality. I thought that maybe this whiskey would have a more distinctive character to it (sherry cask aging, different proof, etc.) compared to the other two, given that it is a limited edition of only 900 cases and so close in age to the others two, but it doesn’t. It’s not that this is a bad thing, but rather just “more of the same”. I’m told that the other two will remain in the portfolio, so I am missing the point of why this whiskey was introduced.

It certainly is a pleasant enough whiskey—well balanced, not aggressive, yet with enough maturity and pot still content to make it “sip worthy” if one chooses to do so. So maybe that’s the benefit I see here. Rather than buy the standard Tullamore Dew for mixing (or drinking on the rocks) and also buy the 12 year old for sipping, you can reasonably cover your bases with just this one bottle of 10 year old.

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