St. Patrick’s Day – Writers’ Tears Pot Still Review | Blog #3

I know this week was supposed to be a blog about Watering whisky, however given that today is St Patrick’s day I thought I would postpone that till next week and tackle a traditional Irish Whiskey review.

Every avid whiskey drinker should take time to consider Pot Still Irish Whiskey. It will add something different to your repertoire of tasting memory.

There are only a scarce few examples of this style of Irish Whiskey making available in the market today.

Green Spot, Red Breast, Jameson Pure Pot Still and Writers Tears the topic of today’s blog.

Pure Pot still or now called just “Pot Still” due to the US regulators finding issue with the use of the word “Pure” is Irish Whiskey distilled with both malted and un-malted (green) barley. We can actually thank the British for this delicious style of whiskey. In 1802 Irish Whiskey ruled the world and made up over 90% of all exported whiskey. The British looking to take advantage of it’s popularity introduced a heavy taxation on Irish Malted Whiskey. This prompted the Irish to use a large percentage of un-malted barley and “Pure Pot Still” was born.

With the decline in Irish Whiskey sales over the ensuing century the few remaining distilleries went back to blends and Single Malts and the “Pot Still” style of whiskey making almost disappeared.

Writers Tears is a Pot Still-Single Malt combination that harkens back to Irish Whiskies of 100 years ago.

Produced in small batches by the Middleton Distillery for Bernard Walsh (Hot Irishman), Writers Tears pays homage to the long history and tradition of Ireland’s rich culture of exceptional authors. I find mulling over a lovely dram really can fire the imagination and as so aptly stated on the label – “Ireland has been blessed with great poets, and playwrights down through the centuries. However, most, if not all of our great writers suffered from writer’s block. Many sought comfort and inspiration from “The water of Life”… Whiskey. It was said that when an Irish writer cried, he cried tears of Whiskey.”

Lets delve into the whiskey.

Writers Tears has a lovely golden hue that puts an Irish Twinkle in your eye straight away.

On the nose subtle wildflower honey layering into fresh hay. It reminds me of a glorious early Summer day walking out to bat for the first cricket match of the season with the sun on my face, the smell of fading Spring blooms in the air, complete with the tinniest hint of freshly cut grass. I’m drawn in now and the buds are eager in anticipation of what this dram has to offer.

The palate is layering and viscous which is surprising for only 40%. Creamy shortbread, nutmeg infused vanilla custard or perhaps Creme Caramel (a big spoonful of the custard with just the tiniest drip of light caramel sauce). No rough edges to be found. Easy and smooth. A lingering touch of white and milk chocolate rounds out the finish.

Weightier than its triple distilled cousins Writers Tears with is double distillation certainly offers a full and delicious offering.

For those just discovering whiskey and all of us that enjoy an easy going but flavorful dram at under $ 40 Writers’ Tears fits the bill.

As an official Christian Feast day and the lifting of the Lenten restrictions on eating and the drinking of alcohol. This St. Patrick’s day (also called the feast of St. Patrick) I hope that everyone can enjoy a good hearty feast with friends and family and a warming dram of Writers Tears.

Have you had a great experience with a delicious whisky under $ 40? Tell me about it in the comments section and just for good measure throw in your favourite St. Patrick’s Day experience.

Next week I promise will be my Blog entitled “Water, Water everywhere but not a drop to drink”

See you then.

“Sláinte chugat!

Jonathan Bray

One comment

  1. Ed baduria says:

    Fantastic! One of my tastings from Flaviar. Sweet floral nose is what I like best. Total different from my standard bourbon fare. As soon as I can locate a bottle in the US, I’ll introduce this dine dram to my whisky club.

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