The Legendary Crafting of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey

Looking for a very smooth, lighter-bodied whiskey? Tullamore D.E.W. is a perfect choice for you! On the market for a slightly less expensive price point than the popular Jameson brand, this Irish whiskey is extremely easy to drink. If you like a little variety in your whiskey, Tullamore D.E.W. has that too. From their original triple distilled and triple blended whiskey, to their 18 year single malt, this company has a very diverse profile.

Tullamore D.E.W. first opened in 1829, and the name of a company was created by Daniel E. Williams, who established electricity, motorized vehicles, and a distinct whiskey into the town of Tullamore. The letters D.E.W. are Daniel’s initials, and it’s no surprise that they were stamped on the labels, as Daniel was truly a self-made legend. Daniel once worked as a stable boy and made his way up to owner status, and for future generations his family continued the tradition of whiskey making. His grandson, Desmond, introduced Ireland’s first blended whiskey into the market. Ever since 2014, Tullamore D.E.W. production has been taking place in a new state of the art facility back in Tullamore, which allows the legacy of Daniel and his family to live on.

As for the whiskey itself, triple distillation occurs with three types of grain, and then those grains are further blended together. This creates a very complex taste that is unique to Tullamore D.E.W. Below are some of my favorite Tullamore products, but take a look at the entire selection via the Tullamore website at

The Original Tullamore D.E.W Triple Distilled Whiskey:

Whenever I’m craving a whiskey & ginger, Tullamore D.E.W. is my go-to choice. In my opinion, it is exceptionally smooth in comparison to its competitors and is reasonably priced for its quality. Experience green apple and subtle vanilla notes on the nose, followed by a taste profile of toasted wood and a sweet vanilla finish.

Cider Cask Finish:

Here in upstate New York, we are in the prime market for apple products. This Irish whiskey finished in a cider cask is light-bodied, soft, fruity, with hints of fresh red apple flavors. If you are looking for a late summer or early fall drink, this whiskey tops the list. It is very smooth and drinks well on the rocks, but also makes a great cocktail. Try muddling mint with simple syrup, then adding apple cider, the cider cask, lime juice, and garnishing with a red apple slice and mint sprig! Yum!

XO Caribbean Rum Cask Finish:

This bottle is definitely unique, and a lot of history encompasses the idea behind it. Dating way back to when Irish indentured servants were under British rule in the Caribbean, workers became knowledgeable on not only the process of farming different grains but also learning about the growth of sugar cane and how to use it. When that information became available to whiskey makers at Tullamore D.E.W. a new creation was born. This Caribbean Rum Cask project was set out to pay tribute to the Irish workers who were in the forefront of rum production back in the 17th century Caribbean. The original triple distilled and triple blended Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey is used for this bottle, followed by a finish inside first fill XO Caribbean Rum casks. A sweeter, tropical style really defines this whiskey. The smooth XO rum barrels add a tasting profile of deep caramel, banana, and even hints of dates and raisins! This whiskey is perfect for summer cocktails, but can be purely enjoyed when sipping over the rocks or neat!

14 Year Single Malt:

Not only is this beauty aged for 14 years, but also in ex- Bourbon, Sherry, Port, and Madeira barrels. The whiskey is aged separately through the various barrels, and then combined at the end of the process. Often, the bourbon barrel taste is picked up on the most, because it is usually the most abundant. The other barrels are added in lesser amounts and they each give a little bit more sweetness to the mix, due to their sweet nature. This is a standout bottle for Tullamore D.E.W. as it is a single malt, not blended with other grains, and typically associated with scotch products- but is 100% Irish!

So if your mouth hasn’t already started watering, pick yourself up a bottle of Tullamore D.E.W. today and raise a glass with the following toast..

“May you work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like no-one is watching, make love like it’s being filmed, and drink…like you’re drinking Tullamore D.E.W.”