Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve is a carefully crafted blend of old Irish whiskeys – full of complex flavours, perfectly married to give a sophisticated drinking session full of depth, character and maturity. It is a deluxe blend with "a full, smooth, well-rounded whiskey, combining maltiness and pot still character. Sweet spicy notes overlay rich woody background from the bourbon casks used in maturation".
The whiskies in the Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve have a very high concentration of pot still and malt in addition to grain whiskies, triple distilled between 12 and 15 years ago from unmalted as well as malted barley. It is a very fine aged whiskey with more complexity coming from the additional aging. All the whiskies in the blend are matured in old Bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, slowly reaching their perfection. The sherry cask finish gives a sweet nuttiness to the taste. It also has pleasant spicy back notes.
The 12 Year Old Special Reserve's supreme quality has won it several international awards from whiskey connoisseurs in recent years, reinforcing the quality status of standard Tullamore Dew. It has won Double Gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as at the International Spirits Challenge in 2006, adding to the 10 prestigious awards since 1999. Other significant awards include the Trophy for Best Irish Whiskey at the International Spirits Challenge in 1999 and 2000.
"complex whiskey, well-flavoured but mellow, with clear flavours of Irish pot still and unpeated malt whiskey emerging"
Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve is a complex whiskey, well-flavoured but mellow, with clear flavours of Irish pot still and unpeated malt whiskey emerging. Followed by undertones of toasted wood from the lightly charred old bourbon casks giving way to the sweet nuttiness derived from the old Oloroso Spanish sherry butts. The overall impression is of a well flavoured Irish whiskey mellowed by age with just a touch of spicy tones on the palate followed by a finish which is pleasantly dry.
The result, according to the Master Blender is: 'A well flavoured Irish whiskey, mellowed by age, with just a touch of spicy piquancy asserting itself on the palate and a finish that is dry, slightly lemony and sweet'.
Try Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve for yourself – on its own, with a little water or ice. Savour the taste, but above all share.
Medium amber gold.
Medium intensity, malty, spicy, toasted wood and vanilla notes. Complex flavours with sweet nuttiness, faint notes of Christmas cake and a hint of lemon.
Complex spicy, oily, toasted wood and vanilla notes combining robust pot still with distinctive malty and sherry notes. Full bodied, rich flavour, with faint Christmas cake and a touch of citrus and leather.
Smooth and full; woody undertones, giving way to sweet Oloroso nuttiness with just a touch of spice.
Rich, long, malty and spicy notes. Pleasantly dry finish with slightly lemony and sweet notes lingering