Review No.54. Tullamore DEW

Tullamore DEW is the other Irish blended whiskey that you can find in major supermarkets.  I see it as a competitor to the entry level Jameson as it is in the same price bracket.  If you are wondering then DEW stands for the initials of the person that once owned the distillery.  The range extends to a 12 year old blend and single malts.  I have tried the 12 year old at a tasting session and was impressed with it and has tempted me to try the rest of their range.  Anyway, onto their entry level bottle.


Whisky: Tullamore DEW Blended Irish Whiskey, 40% vol.

Nose: Floral, green apples, vanilla, metal

Taste: Fruit salad, grapefruit, spice

Finish:  metallic, oak

Score: 2

Summary: This is a very light whiskey and quite easy to drink.  I struggled to pick up any distinct flavours apart from a mettalic note and the general light fruitiness to this is quite pleasant.  I compare this to Jameson in terms of price and style and in comparison I think it is lacking in fruitiness and spiciness.  There isn’t anything to not like about this but I find it forgettable.  A lighter alternative to Jameson if you ever fancy a change.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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One Comment

  • Toby Field

    I found this a bit of a let down compared to the standard Jameson. Jameson is very smooth and the sweetness is spot on. I got an acetone/chemical smell on the nose and the finish was quite drying and woody. It’d be fine as a chaser or in an Irish coffee but it’s lacking as a neat drink.