Tullamore D.E.W 12 YO Irish Whiskey is a blend of pot-still, malt and grain whiskies. The Tullamore DEW brand was named after it owner Daniel Edmund Williams. D.E.W. made improvements to the distillery in 1887 and eventually his initials led to the Tullamore DEW slogan. Due to ups and downs within the family and the industry, the distillery closed for a 13 year period between 1925 and 1937 which was probably due to the prohibition period in the United States.
The distillery closed again in 1954 when Powers distillery purchased the brand. The distillery changed hands a number of times between 1994 and 2010. It seems that the final owners for the Tullamore DEW brand would be William Grant & Sons who purchased the brand in 2010. When William Grant announced that Tullamore DEW would actually be distilling whiskey again, the brand ambassador John Quinn was very pleased. Since all of Tullamore DEW whiskies are distilled and matured on-site, the distillery will be producing other expressions of the brand.
Tullamore DEW 12 Year Old (YO) tasting notes are according to The World Atlas of Whisky by Dave Broom.
Nose: Lush and generous. Fruity and creamy; mango, peach, and vanilla. American oak, toffee, light ginger, and buttered scones.
Taste: Ripe fruits, stewed rhubarb with a light oak frame. Water brings out blackcurrant and more pulped fruits.
Finish: Spicy and tight.
Alcohol content: 40%