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Writers Tears Double Oak Blended Irish Whiskey (700ml)
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- ABV 45%
A blend of the two premium whiskey styles (Irish Single Malt and Single Pot Still) aged in two types of wood – American and French Oak. It's the result of a collaboration between the Walsh family in Ireland’s County Carlow and the Legaret family in Cognac, France. While American oak is now commonplace in whisky maturation, the use of French oak was widespread through the 17th and 18th centuries. This changed in the 19th century when the phylloxera blight of the 1860s hit French vineyards and the availability of old French oak wine casks dried up. More recently, affordable American oak (x Bourbon casks), combined by the surge in exports of Irish whiskey gave rise to a ménage of both French & American oak barrels being used. The combination gives a new twist to the whiskey's flavour profile.Other reviews... This blend of single malt and pot still whiskeys exhibits the incredible synergy between chocolate, cinnamon, and pot still spices. Vinous at times from partial cognac-cask maturation, this has aromas of dark berry fruit, cinnamon, fudge, milk chocolate, malt biscuits, jellied fruit, and a smudge of dry spices. Compelling, well-structured whiskey, with cinnamon, chocolate, dark toffee, pepper, and ginger. It’s never cloying, nor overly sweet, just a richly rewarding glass.
94 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Jonny McCormick (Fall 2019) Does really well until the last legs... 89.5 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2020