Next on my recent whiskey travels I come across Tullamore Dew, which I am shocked to find sitting next to an unexplainable bowl of raisins and dough in my kitchen. Unlike the other whiskeys I have reviewed so far I have actually never heard of this one before which will make a nice change of pace. Expect a lot more inaccuracies in the history section accordingly.
A small bit of history
Founded by businessman Michael Molloy in 1829, the distillery in the town of Tullamore was opened to a people who had a long tradition and love of producing and drinking whiskey. Though Michael Molloy should be given his due respect as the founder, and kept the company successful through the years it was not until after his death in 1887 that the company changed ownership to the Daly family and it really took off.
Under the leadership of general manager Daniel E. Williams from 1890 onwards the distillery exploded in popularity and success. They brought electricity to the town in 1893, introduced telephones to the area a few years later and operated a commercial empire importing, transporting and selling goods across the Irish midlands. So important was Daniel to the success of the company that they have since named the drink after him (D.E.W).
Though the American prohibition and the economic war with Britain caused the company to scrape along the bottom in the 1930s (notice a pattern), it was able to survive through the bad times and get heavily involved in the resurgence thanks to the marketing efforts of Edmund Williams (Daniel’s grandson).
But in the end it was not enough for them to compete with the big boys and in 1963 they had sold the buisiness to Powers (an arm of Irish Whiskey Distillers) who moved the operation to the New Midleton Distillery in Cork to be made with Jameson and other big brand names.
Though it has since been sold to C&C Group plc in 1994 and to who in turn sold to William Grant & Sons in 2010 its home has stayed in Cork, far away from Tullamore until this day.
- 2008 Gold Medal by IWSC
- 2008 Gold Medal by WSC
- 2007 Gold Medal by ISC
- 2006 Gold Medal by WSC
- 2006 Gold Medal by ISC
As you can expect from a good Irish Whiskey, this drink is smooth, sweet and easy. Subtle in taste but with hints of coffee, fudge and peaches it is worth letting it sink into your palette.
When I suggest drinking it
As already mentioned this is a really easy whiskey and as such can be drunk whenever you feel like it without having to give much effort or attention to finding flavours. It is also worth noting how good this whiskey is for cooking… Seriously give the whiskey bread a try… That stuff is good!