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Tullamore Dew, is this something special

Postby Penelope » Wed Dec 07, 2005 1:38 pm

Hello Whisky specialists,

I have a stone bottle of Tullamore Dew, it's gray and the upper part is green. It has an orange cord around the ear and top/cap which ends under a seal. There is also a little folder/book of Tullamore dew connected to the cord.

The bottle says:

This jar contains
UISGE BAUCH
A BLEND OF RARE OLD IRISH WHISKEY
shippend and botteld by Tullamore Dew Company

I can't find a date on it, but i think we have it in the family for at least 10 jears and because we don't drink whiskey at all it's still un opened.

Is this something special for collectors or can I just serve it to my neighbour on my birthday party??

I really hope somebody can give me an idea.
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Postby Aidan » Wed Dec 07, 2005 6:50 pm

Hi Penelope

I'm afraid that this bottle is not worth a huge amount. It might go for up to €50 on ebay, but probably not that much.

There a lot of these about. It is a nice item, though. The whiskey is not great, but maybe it was back 10 or 20 years ago.
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Postby DaneV » Fri Dec 09, 2005 9:16 pm

I have one. But without the card on the cord.
Long since empty. I got it from a yard sale a few years back for $3.0

I believe Tulamore's closed up a number of years ago.

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Postby Aidan » Fri Dec 09, 2005 11:54 pm

Yes, the Tullamore distillery closed in the 1950s, but Tullamore Dew is made in Midleton in Co Cork now, and it's still sold in crocks. It has been made there for a long time now, and before that (and after Tullamore closed), I think it was produced by the John's Lane distillery in Dublin.
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Postby kallaskander » Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:48 am

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.

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Postby Aidan » Sat Dec 10, 2005 10:15 am

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.

Greetings
kallaskander


Hi Kallaskander

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.
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Postby ianbanks » Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:56 pm

This is not the best whiskey, but I did have one version of it that was beautifully ballanced. It was an older Tullamore Dew but I do now know what it was. It could have been called Heritage???
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Postby Aidan » Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:00 pm

there's an article about Tullamore in this month's edition of Whisky Magazine, although I've not read it yet.
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