kallaskander wrote:Hi there,
Tullamore Distillery in Tullamore closed in 1954. The name lived on under the roof of Powers Distillery, then IDG which sold it 1993 to Cantrell&Cochrane, a subsidary of Guinness and Allied Domecq. The Irish Mist Liqueur was invented at Tullamore but could not save the company. There are original Tullamore pure pot still whiskies still in existence. The Knappogue Castle bottlings of whiskies distilled before 1954 are Tullamores. The prices for those bottles ar accordingly high.
As to the mash bill. Irish purists say there must be more unmalted barley then malted barley to make a real pure Irish pot still whiskey. But I would say that the mash bills for the different brands of Irish are different in each case.
Yes, the John's Lane distillery was where Powers distilled its whiskey. Actually, Jameson was made there too for a very short time after the Bow Street distillery closes.
There are also a good few Cadenhead Tullamores available, and a new Willie Napier 44 yr old whiskey from the old Tullamore.
The pot still whiskey made back then was different to today in that, as mentioned, there was a small amount of oats used and sometimes rye. It was also more full-flavored as they used a wider cut of the distillate. This was kind of replicated in the Jameson 15 yr old Millennium.
They also vary the flavor profile by changing the malt/unmalt mix in the mash. Tullamore Dew was developed as a lighter style of whiskey through blending with grain. I think it was one of the first Irish whiskeys to adopt a lighter style after resistance from many of the big distillers.