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Tim Herlihy is fine with Irish stereotypes, provided they’re the right ones. As brand ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W., his aim is not only the obvious task of getting us all to drink more whiskey, but also to convince us that "Irish True" is more about Colin Farrell than finding a pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow.
It’s a tall order, but the young man is up for the task, and he certainly knows his whiskey. Then again, it’s his job, and an envious one at that. Tim travels the United States hosting events such as a recent "Toast & Taste," where guests were treated to the full range of Tullamore D.E.W. offerings to celebrate "Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day," or what we at The Drink Nation like to call "Any Excuse to Drink Day."
Drinkers who are only familiar with the original Tullamore D.E.W. might not realize the company also offers several aged whiskeys. The 10 Year Single Malt is aged in four different types of casks before bottling (bourbon, sherry, port, and Madeira). American and Spanish oak barrels are used to give the triple-distilled 10 Year Reserve its flavor, and the 12 Year Special Reserve spends time in bourbon and sherry casks as well.
"It’s half education and half entertainment," Herlihy says of the events. "Edu-tainment, if you will. We talk about Tullamore’s history, offer up a few toasts, and discuss the flavor profiles of each of our liquids. We want folks to enjoy whiskey as much as we do."
When asked the proper way to do so, the response is as expected. "There’s little etiquette involved in drinking Irish whiskey, which means that there’s no room for snobbery. Rocks, neat, mixed, whatever. You should be able to enjoy it how you want to enjoy it."
— Marcos Espinoza, The Drink Nation
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Tullamore D.E.W. Original: Irish True
This year Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey celebrates an “Irish True” year with the opening of the new Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre in Tullamore, Ireland. The new Tullamore D.E.W. packaging highlights the brand’s history, founder and namesake, Daniel E. Williams, with the initials, D.E.W., placed prominently on the bottle.
Daniel was a distillery worker who had a vision and stayed true to that vision. He became the general manager and brought modern conveniences and technology of the day to the distillery so he could make his whiskey his way. The Irish True way.
Tullamore D.E.W is a unique blend of three types of Irish whiskey pot still, malt and grain whiskey. It was the first and remains the only international Irish whiskey to pioneer this unique blend of three. The malted and unmalted barley used in the whiskey is dried in enclosed kilns, rather than over peat fires. This creates a smooth, yet complex taste rather than one of peated smokiness.
The original Tullamore D.E.W. blend is recognized for its smooth, gentle flavor. It has also won numerous awards including the much-prized trophy at the International Spirits Challenge, the highest accolade in the drinks industry.
Tullamore D.E.W. Official Brand Tasting Notes
Color: Medium amber gold
Aroma: Mild blend of spicy, lemony and malty notes, with charred wood and vanilla undertones
Body: Light bodied, sweetish spices, buttery and rounded with light citrus fruitiness
Palate: Warming, pleasant maltiness with toasted wood and vanilla hints
Finish: Smooth and gentle, the complex flavors lingering
“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.”
You can be Irish True too. Toast St. Patrick’s Day with Tullamore D.E.W straight, on the rocks or in these St. Patrick’s Day themed cocktails.
1 ounce Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey
Orange Slice or Orange Twist Garnish
Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with fresh orange slice or fresh orange peel twisted over drink and dropped in. Notation: Bols or Heering Cherry Liqueur can be used as Cherry Brandy. Flavor profile was not designed to fit with Maraschino Liqueur flavor. (cocktail photo provided by Susan Magrino Agency)
The Irish Ward
1-1/2 ounce Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey
1/2 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 ounce Fresh Orange Juice
Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lime wheel. (cocktail photo provided by Susan Magrino Agency)
Cocktail recipes to make to celebrate Mardi Gras & UFC Vegas 19
Mardi Gras won’t be the same this year with COVID-19 still thriving but there are lots of at-home ways to celebrate … including a fancy mixed drink. The Carnival celebration falls on the same week as UFC Vegas 19:urtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis which gives us a double reason to get our drink on.
Check out a few recipes inspired by New Orleans and UFC Vegas 19.
2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum infused with hibiscus*
.75 part fresh lime juice
.75 part Fassionola**
Directions: Stir ingredients with crushed ice for 60 seconds and pour in a tall glass over fresh crushed ice. Garnish with an inverted parasol and enjoy!
*For Sailor Jerry infusion – Infuse 8 parts of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum with 2 parts of dried hibiscus flowers for 15 mins.
**For Fassionola – Add together 4 parts of passion fruit
Té Recuerdo Mezcal
1.5oz Recuerdo Mezcal Joven
Directions: Shake all the ingredients except for the club soda over ice, strain and serve into a highball glass with fresh ice, top off with a dash of club soda, and garnish with a slice of peach and a slice of lime.
Vodka Elderflower Tonic
1.5 oz Castle & Key Sacred Spring Vodka
0.5 oz Jack Rudy Elderflower Tonic Syrup
Directions: Add ingredients to a glass with ice. Stir, and garnish with a lemon peel or edible flower.
Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries
Directions: Place the lime, the red fruits and the syrup in the glass. Muddle and add crushed ice before pouring croft pink to top.
Created by Stefan Huebner
1 1/2 parts Reyka Vodka
1/2 part razzmataz
3/4 part lemon juice
3/4 part simple syrup
3 parts club soda
Directions: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker except soda. Shake, strain, top soda, garnish with a strawberry or raspberry and serve.
Created by Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador Gillian Murphy
1 part Tullamore D.E.W. Original
1 part Dry Vermouth
1 part Ruby Port
2 Dash Aromatic Bitters
2 Dash Chocolate Bitter
Garnish Orange Twist and Cherry
Directions: Add all ingredients into a chilled stirring glass, add ice and stir until chilled. Pour contents into a cocktail glass and zest with orange and garnish with cherry.
Fronds with Benefits
Created by Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador Anna Mains
1.5 parts Monkey Shoulder
.5 parts green tea syrup
.5 parts pineapple juice
3 parts coconut water
Directions: Shake, strain over ice in Collins glass. Garnish with pineapple fronds.
Directions: Pour Chambord into flute glass, top with sparkling wine, finish with a raspberry garnish.
1.5 parts Reyka Vodka
1 part Chardonnay
8-10 seedless red grapes
.75 part Lemon juice
.75 part Simple syrup
Directions: Place 8-10 seedless red grapes into the Collins glass and muddle. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Garnish with a few whole grapes.
Directions: Fill a highball glass with ice. Add all ingredients and stir well.
17 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes Better Than a Pot of Gold
Too often, people remember the soggy, flavorless cabbage casseroles of their youth without realizing the great potential that this vegetable has. In this easy recipe, cabbage is the star of the show, and you won’t find a soggy leaf in the house. Cook this as a side dish for your corned beef, or have it as the main event when you’re looking for vegetarian-friendly St. Patrick’s Day recipes.
Get our recipe for Easy Baked Cabbage.
Every year when McDonald’s announces the return of the Shamrock Shake, fans from across the nation flock to their nearest drive-thru. But, you don’t even have to leave the house to have your very own minty milkshake, thanks to this spot-on copycat recipe. With just four ingredients, you’ll want to keep this recipe on hand long after March has passed.
Get our recipe for Copycat Shamrock Shake.
Simply drinking your Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day isn’t enough. With this recipe, you get to eat it too. Beer and beef have always gone hand-in-hand, but the braising method here really brings out the best of both flavors. And, the best part is, you can have little sips of the Guinness while you are cooking!
A cold March night calls for a big pot of soup. And after a day of celebrating on St. Patrick’s Day, there is nothing better to come home to than hearty baked potato soup. Many Irish recipes utilize an abundance of potatoes, but this soul-warming classic never gets old. And, if you make enough for leftovers, it is even better the next day…though it might just be so good that you don’t find yourself with any leftovers at all!
Get our recipe for Hearty Baked Potato Soup.
That baked potato soup would be nothing without a big hunk of freshly made bread to sop it up with. There is no better bread for St. Patrick’s Day than Irish soda bread. Buttermilk and cold butter are the perfect combination that sets this recipe apart, and the baking soda gives the loaf its signature texture.
What fun is St. Patrick’s Day without a hunt for a pot of gold? In this case, bring the gold right to your breakfast table with this healthy, golden mango smoothie bowl. As a lighter, but still filling, breakfast option, this festive bowl will be the perfect start to a day that might end with some heavier eating (and drinking). If you are making this for your family, you might want to think about using it as the symbolic pot of gold to end a leprechaun scavenger hunt.
Lamb and potatoes are a dinner staple in Ireland throughout the year. The hearty combination of meat and starch is often seen as the perfect ending to a long day working outside. With this lighter, keto-friendly alternative, you still get all of the flavor, with fewer carbs, thanks to a clever swap for cauliflower over potatoes. You can still indulge in all of the classic flavors of Ireland without blowing your low-carb diet this holiday.
Can you think of a better way to kick-off St. Patrick’s Day than with a classic Irish cocktail? Irish whiskey (we recommend Tullamore D.E.W.) is carefully blended with your favorite, bold coffee, and a touch of sugar, then a whipped cream layer is carefully poured on top. Add a dash of cinnamon, and your breakfast just got an Irish upgrade. The recipe for the “perfect” Irish coffee comes complete with a clever hack for making the best whipped cream! This is going to be an amazing holiday surrounding by friends and family to remember.
Get our recipe for The Perfect Irish Coffee.
Shepherd’s pie is the original Irish casserole. With a combination of meat, veggies, and a potato topping, it is easy to see why this classic recipe has endured the test of time and geography. With this lighter take on the classic, a sweet potato topping replaces the traditional white potato and a healthy dose of kale sneaks even more nutrients into the meal without sacrificing any of the flavor.
Add Guinness to lunch or dinner without pouring another pint! This take on the classic sandwich combines corned beef with honey mustard cabbage slaw and made-from-scratch smokey, malty, and sweet Guinness BBQ. Enjoy it with crunchy potato chips, and more Guinness, because why not?!
For the purists out there, nothing screams St. Patrick’s Day quite like shepherd’s pie. This Irish comfort food leaves nothing to be desired. When it comes to meat, traditionally, shepherd’s pie is made with lamb, because that is what early Irish farmers had available to them. You can certainly stick with that for the sake of tradition, but the option of ground sirloin here provides a leaner meal without losing any flavor.
Get our recipe for Classic Shepherd’s Pie.
Don’t forget to wear green—or drink your greens—this St. Patrick’s Day. Show your Irish pride with a tasty green shake that will make you feel good while still getting you in the holiday spirit.
Get our recipe for Green Keto Shake.
Bread-based desserts are a common Irish staple. The king of these is bread pudding. The gooey, warm dessert is the perfect end to a meal and feels like a decadent treat served with a side of vanilla ice cream. Break out of the traditional mold by introducing new flavors to this tried-and-true classic: pumpkin. Your guests will love this variation, and you’ll be wondering why it can’t be St. Patrick’s Day every day.
Get our recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding.
On the day of green, make sure you are getting in all of your greens. It won’t be hard to do with this Whole30 green machine veggie casserole. Don’t worry, the eggs and canned coconut milk give this casserole a decadence that is usually reserved just for dessert. Because, on St. Patrick’s Day, even your vegetables deserve to feel festive!
Take fish and chips fit for a Dublin pub and bring them right to your kitchen. There is almost nothing that evokes the feeling of hopping the pond quite like enjoying this British and Irish staple. Lighter than the deep-fired version, this baked option is easier to make and perfect for getting into the spirit of the holiday with your whole family.
Put the whiskey aside for this festive drink, and reach for Jose Cuervo’s Tradicional Tequila Añejo instead — it’s aged in Irish single malt whiskey barrels! the cocktail combines thyme, grapefruit juice, and a caraway-fennel simple syrup with soda water and the tequila. If stouts aren’t your cup of beer, this is a delicious alternative.
The 22 Best Irish Whiskey Brands to Drink Right Now
It's the year of the Irish whiskey blend, so grab an exemplary bottle&mdashor three.
One of the best whiskeys I&rsquove been fortunate enough to taste in the past six months wasn&rsquot bourbon, rye, scotch, American single malt, or Japanese, all styles I love dearly. No, it was an Irish whiskey made at Midleton, the same distillery that makes popular brands like Jameson and Redbreast. Midleton Very Rare 2021 is the 38th in its series and the first created by new Irish Distillers&rsquo master distiller Kevin O&rsquoGorman. It&rsquos a blend of single pot still and grain whiskey aged between 15 and 36 years in ex-bourbon barrels, and according to O&rsquoGorman, that blend includes whiskey distilled in 1984, the very year that Midleton Very Rare was launched.
The 2021 MVR is a truly delicious whiskey. Granted, this might not be an everyday whiskey to grab and drink, as it will be released in limited numbers here in the U.S. at a price of around $220 per bottle. Still, that&rsquos downright affordable compared to some of the comparably aged single malt scotches that have come out this year, not to mention what certain annual bourbon releases end up going for on the secondary market. Premium releases in Irish whiskey are still, for the most part, easier to get and cheaper than other whiskey categories. This might not always be the case.
&ldquoWhen I joined Irish Distillers in 1998, there were only three distillers in the country,&rdquo said O&rsquoGorman on a recent call. &ldquoOurselves, Bushmills, and Cooley. Now we probably have 36 or 37 distilleries up and running. Did I ever think I&rsquod see it like this? Probably not, but it&rsquos just great.&rdquo He believes the resurgence of Irish whiskey is due first and foremost to the flavor (often described as &ldquosmooth,&rdquo much to the ire of some aficionados), but also the long history and tradition of the category. And, single pot still whiskey, a distinctly Irish style that is made from a mash bill of malted and unmalted barley in pot stills at one distillery, has gained more admirers around the world. O&rsquoGorman feels confident that this trend will continue, which is driving distilleries to come out with intriguing products and line extensions to stay relevant.
So at the moment, the Irish whiskey boom shows no signs of slowing down, with people drinking everything from affordable name brand blends to premium releases like Midleton Very Rare. In fact, the past year in particular has seen an influx of blends, as brands have launched with sourced whiskey from long-running distilleries, often unspooling a backstory to sell the whiskey in the way that American whiskey brands are so adept at doing. But what it&rsquos really all about is how the liquid tastes. The good news is that these releases are often good (or at least halfway decent), and are more often than not priced to sell. Here are some of the best Irish whiskeys (besides Midleton) to try now, from the familiar to the new, that run the gamut in flavors and styles.
Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2017 Release
Style: Straight bourbon
Age: Not stated (multiple)
Proof: 50.5% ABV
Release: October 2017
Availability: 7,000 to 8,000 bottles
Need to know:
Limestone Branch Distillery has included some of its own bourbon in this year’s release of Yellowstone, which up to now has been made of sourced whiskey only. The 2017 release includes 7 year old and 12 year old bourbon from undisclosed Kentucky distilleries, plus 4 year old bourbon from Limestone Branch. The bourbons are blended and then finished in charred wine casks.
Whisky Advocate says:
Although the distillery only opened in 2011, Limestone Branch, and Yellowstone Bourbon, have a long Kentucky pedigree. Co-founders and brothers Steve and Paul Beam are 7th-generation descendants of 18th-century distiller Jacob Beam and 4th-generation descendants of J.W. Dant, a 19th-century distiller whose son, J.B., created Yellowstone Bourbon in 1872. Yellowstone was later made at a distillery owned by Minor Case Beam, Steve and Paul’s great-grandfather. Luxco bought the Yellowstone brand in 1993, and took a 50% stake in Limestone Branch in 2015, bringing the historic bourbon full circle once again.
Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Coffee
Dating back to 1829, Tullamore D.E.W has a long and varied history and a valid claim to being one of the oldest Irish whiskey producers. Now, the brand is committed to championing the traditional technique of blending and uses three types of Irish whiskey in its celebrated Original Irish Whiskey.
In its classic Irish coffee recipe, Tullamore D.E.W is teamed with coffee and cream, as well as a selection of spices to create a soul-warming Irish classic – think of it as the Espresso Martini’s older (and much more indulgent) older sibling.
- 1 ½ parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original
- 1 ½ parts strongly brewed coffee (Recommended: any premium dark roast)
- ½ part sugar (Recommended: Demerara Sugar)
- Lightly whipped heavy cream
- Cinnamon or nutmeg
Preheat a clear-stemmed glass with very hot water. Add the sugar and brewed coffee and stir well. Once the sugar has melted, stir in the Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey. Gently whip the heavy cream until you have a loose, not stiff consistency. Pour the cream over the back of a hot teaspoon to top the drink (and prevent the cream from penetrating the top of the drink). Finally, garnish with grated nutmeg or cinnamon for a spicy finish.
The Lucky Leprechaun
Perhaps whiskey doesn’t wet your whistle and you’re looking to celebrate this mid-March holiday with something slightly more tropical—we won’t judge. If so, you’ll love this bright green festive drink with kiwi and passionfruit.
1 1/2 ounces Reyka vodka
1/2 ounce Passou passion fruit liquor
1/2 ounce blue Curacao
1 1/2 ounces kiwi puree
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Combine all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker. Shake, double strain, and serve over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon peel.
Irish Hills. Courtesy Ruffino
Introducing the New Tullamore D.E.W.
Tim Herlihy is fine with Irish stereotypes, provided they&rsquore the right ones. As brand ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W., his aim is not only the obvious task of getting us all to drink more whiskey, but also to convince us that &ldquoIrish True&rdquo is more about Colin Farrell than finding a pot o&rsquo gold at the end of the rainbow.
It&rsquos a tall order, but the young man is up for the task, and he certainly knows his whiskey. Then again, it&rsquos his job, and an envious one at that. Tim travels the United States hosting events such as a recent &ldquoToast & Taste," where guests were treated to the full range of Tullamore D.E.W. offerings to celebrate &ldquoHalfway to St. Patrick&rsquos Day,&rdquo or what we at The Drink Nation like to call &ldquoAny Excuse to Drink Day.&rdquo
Drinkers who are only familiar with the original Tullamore D.E.W. might not realize the company also offers several aged whiskeys. The 10 Year Single Malt is aged in four different types of casks before bottling (bourbon, sherry, port and Madeira). American and Spanish oak barrels are used to give the triple-distilled 10 Year Reserve its flavor, and the 12 Year Special Reserve spends time in bourbon and sherry casks as well.
&ldquoIt&rsquos half education and half entertainment,&rdquo Herlihy says of the events. &ldquoEdu-tainment, if you will. We talk about Tullamore&rsquos history, offer up a few toasts, and discuss the flavor profiles of each of our liquids. We want folks to enjoy whiskey as much as we do.&rdquo
When asked the proper way to do so, the response is as expected. &ldquoThere&rsquos little etiquette involved in drinking Irish whiskey, which means that there&rsquos no room for snobbery. Rocks, neat, mixed, whatever. You should be able to enjoy it how you want to enjoy it.&rdquo
Review: Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix Irish Whiskey
Tullamore D.E.W. (nee Tullamore Dew) continues its march upmarket with the release of Phoenix, one of its fanciest bottlings released to date.
This expression is launched in commemoration of the first-ever air disaster, a hot-air balloon fire in 1785 that took place in the town of Tullamore and subsequently burned down most of the town (the recovery is the phoenix in question). This is a classic blended Irish whiskey bottled with no age statement. A blend of pure pot still, malt whiskey, and grain whiskey, it is non-chill filtered and is finished in Oloroso sherry casks. This first edition of what is planned to be an annual release comprises 30,000 bottles.
Quite a delight, Phoenix is a creamy, nutty whiskey that takes the easy nature of Irish and gives it more body and more gravitas. Almonds are the prominent note here, wrapped up in a nougat character that closely resembles a Mars Almond bar. (Sadly not on the market any more.) The sherry is really just hinted at here. While many a sherry-finished whiskey will wallop you over the head with juicy orange character, here it’s appropriately understated, racy with baking spices, spiced nuts, and orange notes on the finish. The higher proof adds body and complexity. Easily the best thing from Tullamore to date, and actually a great value considering the quality on display here.