AN 18-year-old single malt distilled by Tullamore DEW has won a major world whiskey award.
The Worldwide Whiskey Trophy has not been won by an Irish whiskey since 2009 and the Offaly-based distiller scooped the award at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC).
Now in its 49th year, the annual IWSC was created by wine chemist Anton Massel, who, in 1969, had the idea of creating a wine and spirit competition which was based not just on organoleptic judgement but where all entries also had to undergo chemical analysis.
The Tullamore DEW14 Year Old and 18 Year Old Single Malts are characterised by their rare, four cask recipe, finished in Bourbon, Oloroso Sherry, Port and Madeira casks.
The distiller, which is the world's second largest Irish whiskey brand, says this innovative finish gives the malts a uniquely rich and mellow taste.
The Tullamore DEW single malt range has already collected an impressive array of awards.
The 18 Year Old Single Malt was awarded a Master at the 2016 Global Irish Whiskey Masters competition and the 14 Year Old Single Malt won Gold medals at the 2016 Global Irish Whiskey Masters and International Spirits Challenge Awards 2016.
Brian Kinsman, Tullamore DEW master blender, commented: “Working on the Tullamore DEW 18 Year Old Single Malt was a two-year mission to craft an extraordinary whiskey that embodies the complex character, subtle sweetness and triple distilled smoothness that define the best of Irish Single Malt. The quality of the aged stocks is comparable to the very best Highland single malts, but the triple distillation and our four-cask finish are what set this whiskey apart as one of the best in the world.”
Speaking on the award win, John Quinn, global brand ambassador of Tullamore DEW, said: "We have a treasure chest of outstanding aged single malt, most of which is used for our core triple blended range.”
He added: “However, we released a limited amount for the enjoyment of single malt enthusiasts. It's so good, I signed my name to every bottle. This award recognises that Tullamore D.E.W. continues to be at the forefront of innovation, elevating the overall quality of Irish whiskey.”
Tullamore DEW 18 Year Old Single Malt is a 41.3% ABV triple distilled, single malt whiskey, available now in a limited volume release.
In its 'tasting notes' for the award winning whiskey, Tullamore DEW say it is rich and oaky with deep malty notes, caramelised fruits and woody spice.
It is described as velvety smooth and mellow with vanilla oak notes intertwined with cinnamon, baked apple, toasted marshmallows and a biscuity sweetness.
Its finish is rich and warming 'with a lingering malty sweetness'.
Tullamore DEW is the world’s second largest Irish whiskey brand with global sales of more than one million (9L) cases annually.
Known the world over for its smooth flavour, Tullamore DEW Irish whiskey is triple distilled and a blend of all three types of Irish whiskey – grain, malt & pot still.
The distiller says the sweet softness of grain whiskey, soft spice from the pot still and fruitiness of the malt create a uniqueness of flavour that marks out Tullamore DEW from all other Irish whiskeys.
Tullamore DEW's award-winning range includes Tullamore DEW Original, the 12 Year Old Special Reserve, the 15 Year Old Trilogy, the 14 Year Old Single Malt, the 18 Year Old Single Malt, the Cider Cask Finish and the Phoenix.
Tullamore DEW became part of the William Grant & Sons family in 2010.