Writerṣ Tears” is a unique old Irish Pot still Whiskey. It is a vatting of Single Malt and Single Pot Still whiskeys. Distilled from 60% malt and 40% pot Still (No Grain). Writers Tears is triple distilled, non -peated and matured and aged in American Oak bourbon casks. A gold Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in London and one of the highest rated Irish Whiskeys in Jim Murray’s Iconic “Whiskey Bible” “Altogether a very unusual Irish Whiskey , a throwback to the last century where spiced Pure Pot Still whiskey was married with Floral Single Malt” –Jim Murray . It has also been added to Ian Buxton’s publication “101 Whiskeys to try before you die.
Writers Tears is a light, sweet Irish whiskey made using a mix of single pot still and single malt whiskies, resulting in oodles of honey’d, fruity notes. Wonderfully easy to drink, it would make for a great introduction to Irish whiskey for folks new to the spirit. I case you are interested only genuine tears form Irish writers were used in the making of this whiskey.
Writers Tears Copper Pot Whiskey Info
Teeling Irish Single Grain Whiskey Review
EYE – Golden
NOSE – 85%
Flashes of apple with hints of vanilla and honey over a distinctively pot still base.
PALATE – 86%
Gently spiced with a burst of ginger and butterscotch with background notes of toasted oak.
FINISH – 88%
Long Elegant finish with subtle notes of milk chocolate and almonds.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL – 85%
Excellent balance with a rich round body and smooth almost oily texture.
OVERALL – SCORE: 86%
When the Irish Whiskey Technical File was published, I read that Writers Tears had been relegated to the blended whiskey category.
Typically, a blended whiskey is lighter, cheaper whiskey made in a column still, amped up with a dollop of either pot still or malt whiskey (both made, confusingly, in a pot still) for flavour.
Writers Tears is a blend of just pot still and malt, with no column still contribution, and it’s one of the best Irish whiskeys under €50.
Until recently, Writers Tears has been able to declare itself a “Pot Still Blend”. “Pot Still Whiskey” has an older meaning, however, one now resurrected and given legal force by the Technical File. Writers Tears, though made in pot stills, is not a pot still whiskey. It contains pot still whiskey, but in a blend with malt whiskey.
When the founder of Walsh Whiskey Distillery, Bernard Walsh was asked if there would be a special category for Writers Tears (along with his similarly formulated Irishman whiskeys). He replied:
It was never raised as a subject for consideration, there being too many other matters to tease out.
Instead, Walsh Whiskey is going with the simpler expedient of replacing the words “Pot Still” with “Copper Pot” on the label. It’s a reminder that Writers Tears is made the old fashioned way and is uniquely Irish.
Paul Kavanagh – The Whiskey Trail
*Prices are accurate at the time of this review. Disclosure: A bottle of Writers Tears Copper Pot Whiskey was graciously given to me by a friend. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.