Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old, 40%

Price: $46 Issue: Spring 2012 Reviewer: Dominic Roskrow

To a great extent, this is traditional blended Irish whiskey by the numbers. Its problem — through no fault of its own — is that it's bland compared to the wave of full-flavored whiskeys that have been released of late. The twelve years in cask don't add much to the standard Tullamore Dew beyond a sharp note. The apple and pear flavors are perfectly acceptable, however, and the whiskey's pleasant enough; it's just not very exciting.