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Review: Writers Tears Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 9, 2012

Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey is traditionally made from a mash comprised of both malted and unmalted barley which is distilled in a pot still. This style of whiskey was apparently produced as a reaction to British taxes on malted whiskey which were introduced in 1802. To reduce the taxable amount on their whisky, Irish distillers began to add more unmalted barley into the distillation. The result was what we have come to know as Irish Pure Pot Still Whisky.

Writers Tears Pot Still Irish Whisky contains both Single Malt Whiskey and the aforementioned Pure Pot Still Whiskey in its construction. As is the tradition in Ireland, the whiskey is triple distilled and matured in American Oak (bourbon) barrels. I was sent a bottle of the Writers Tears to review here on my website and asked to coordinate the publication of the review to coincide roughly with the reintroduction of the whiskey to the Ontario market (on October 14) after an absence of about one year from the store shelves.

Here is an excerpt from my review:

“… The initial aroma from the glass has a bit of a bourbon flair complemented by honeyed butterscotch, punky Halloween toffee, oak spices, and obvious taints of vanilla and almond. There is a bit of citrus orange peel in the air and an underlying herbal element which to me has a resemblance to freshly cut lowland hay, willow thickets, and those lush ferns that grow near wetlands… “

You may read my full review here:

Review: Writers Tears Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Please enjoy the review!


2 Responses to “Review: Writers Tears Pot Still Irish Whiskey”

  1. russ said

    ah chip..i thought u were a true western conservative unlike those pansy liberals that are concerned with packaging more than substance.this is a fine irish it passed the morning after test ,to look for more,admirably. reminds me of the old tullamore from old. cheers russ

    • Hi Russ

      It is GOOD to hear from you again.

      Just so you understand, I am a true Western Conservative with a capital “C” with both the political and economic viewpoints to match. And, like any good western conservative, I pride myself in telling things as I see them. That is why in the review, I did not allow my concerns about brand messaging to blind me to the fact that (inside the bottle) the Writer’s Tears is a truly great whiskey. (I said so in the review.)

      But, my reviews have always been about more than the whisky (or the rum) inside the bottle. From the beginning I have made my thought on packaging known and allowed those thoughts to impact my scores. Packaging is important, and so is the message a product is projecting. In this case, I found the message troublesome, and it tainted my enjoyment of what was otherwise a great whisky. For me not to mention and quantify this fact would be dishonest, and certainly would not be consistent with the conservative ideal of “telling things as I see them”.

      Cheers Russ, your comments are always welcome here!

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