In recognition of March's most popular holiday, I'm talking of course of St. Patrick's Day, all of this month's episodes will feature Irish Whiskeys. We begin with a sampling from the Walsh Whiskey Distillery, "Writer's Tears Irish Whiskey".
So what makes Irish Whiskey's different than Scottish Whiskey's? Well, for one, Scottish whisky is spelled without an "e" where Irish whiskey is sure to include it. Why? Well, I'll tell you, but first I'll go over the basics.
- Irish Whiskey is triple distilled, this makes it significantly smoother than most scottish whiskies. The Scotch do Double Distillation.
- The Irish don't peat their whiskey.
- Irish Whiskey uses a method called pot still. It's made the same way as single-malts but in the beginning, before anything is distilled, the mash is a mix of malted and unmalted barley; meaning germinated and ungerminated.
- The Irish retain their "e" because, at least back in the beginning, they look at the Scottish process as improper. The E is included so that the drinker can easily distinguish between scotch and Irish Whiskey.
Walsh's Writers Tears is a blended whiskey but only contains pot still whiskey and malt whiskey, it does not contain any grain whiskey. As to the concept behind the name and the methods used in distilling Writer's Tears:
Ireland is well known as ‘the land of Saint’s and Scholars’ and has been the home of some of the world’s great writers. For a moderately small Island, Ireland has produced a vast contribution to world literature. Past well known Irish Playwrights and Writers, experiencing writers block and sought comfort and inspiration from ‘The Water of Life’, Whiskey. The relaxing characteristics of Whiskey helped many a great Irish Writer & Scribe overcome writers block to produce inspired works of poetry, prose and plays. It was said that when Irish Writers cried, they cried tears of whiskey. Yeats, Kavanagh, Joyce all had their favourite watering hole where they frequented looking for inspiration…the type of whiskey that was drank back then was an old pot still Irish Whiskey and with Writerṣ Tears, we have created that old age recipe again. Writerṣ Tears is a salute to the Great Irish Writers of not only this generation but of bygone years.
Nose: Big citrus, very sweet, soft honey.
Palate: Just a bit of oak, honey, very sweet, certainly apply. Very smooth.
Color: Beautiful, near perfect golden hue
Mouthfeel: thick, almost syrupy, unexpected viscocity and depth.
Finish: very sweet, very long, warming, just the ever so slight presence of walnut. Somewhere during the whole process there's a bit of dryness that sneaks in, like how you feel eating a granny smith apple, but only ever so slightly.
Writer's Tears Pot Still Blended Irish Whiskey costs between $35 and $50 depending on where you get it and whether or not there are any sales going on. This sample came from Flaviar.com. If you're unfamiliar with Flaviar it is an alcohol subscription service aimed at helping you find what you like before you commit to buying full, expensively priced bottles. For a monthly fee of around $30, samples of various liquors are delivered to your doorstep. You then drink them and decide what you like. Viola! Now you know what to stock your bar with. If you'd like more information about this program please visit LegendsMythsAndWhiskey.com/flaviar
Other Offerings from the Walsh Whiskey Distilling Company:
- The Irishman Single Malt
- The Irishman Founders Reserve
- Writer's Tears Cask Strength
- The Irishman 70
- And Various Irishman Rare Cask Strengths
ABV's range from 40-54%