Price Point: $40 – $50 for 750 ML
Last year, I reviewed Tullamore Dew 10 Year Old Single Malt, a major step-up from the standard Tullamore Dew, and an excellent Irish whiskey. Today I am reviewing Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old, a triple-distilled Irish whiskey. I certainly hope to find the complex flavors of the 10 Year Old in this one, but since it doesn’t share single malt qualities with its younger brother, I’m a bit skeptical.
The nose on Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old is delicate with faint bourbon and subtle sherry. It has malt overpowering grain. It’s light and airy from the triple distillation.
This whiskey has a thin mouthfeel; it’s light and crisp. 12 years in the barrel and 40% ABV makes Tullamore Dew an easy-drinking whiskey. It’s tasty, but lacking intensity. There’s some apple/pear and a little bitterness toward the end.
There’s malt and sweet sherry/bourbon on the finish. There are also high notes bringing Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old back to its traditional Irish heritage. This finish is also somewhat brief.
Rating & Recommendations
Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old earns a rating of 81 out of 100.
This is a good whiskey to grab when you’re feeling low-key and want something that doesn’t overpower. Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old has all good aromas and flavors, but all are seriously dialed back. If you’re going to go for this brand, do yourself a favor and go for the 10 Year Old Single Malt.