The Tullamore Dew 10 Year Reserve is a triple-distilled blend aged in both Spanish and American oak for a minimum of at least a decade. The resulting spirit is beautiful on the nose with heady aromas of wood, malt and citrus. Although it is spicy and slightly oily like a scotch, Tullamore doesn't have the overpowering smokiness that characterizes its peaty neighbors across the Irish Sea. Almost lemony on the tongue, Tullamore Dew 10 Year Reserve is excellent for drinking straight up or on the rocks, but don't be afraid to use it in a cocktail that emphasizes the citrus notes.
The folks at Tullamore have passed along a recipe for you to try out:
Tullamore Dew Irish Ward
1 1/2 oz. Tullamore Dew
1/2 oz. grenadine
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. fresh orange juice
Combine ingredients and shake well. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
They also suggest that you might enjoy it with a shot of ginger ale, so maybe we are actually getting into the Mountain Dew territory.
Tullamore Dew's older sibling is Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve. This blend is even more complex, thanks to a combination of a very high concentration of pot-still and malt in addition to grain whiskeys, triple-distilled between 12 and 15 years ago from unmalted as well as malted barley. It is a deluxe blend, characterized as “a full, smooth, well-rounded whiskey, combining maltiness and pot still character. Sweet spicy notes overlay rich woody background from the bourbon casks used in maturation."
All the whiskeys in the blend are matured in old bourbon and oloroso sherry casks, which contribute some nice nutty notes to the finished product. The combination of woody and nutty overtones on the nose and in the finish is really quite pleasant and a nice change from your everyday bourbon or scotch. What, you don't have an everyday bourbon? Or bourbon every day?
It's priced in the mid $40s range, about $10 more than its little brother, and I'm not sure that Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve would be the best spirit for cocktails. I would prefer it straight up in a snifter so that the variety of aromas would not be masked by either cold or mixers. But that's just me. Try some out and tell me how you prefer it.