Origin: Royal Oak (Ireland)
Type: Blended Irish Whiskey
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: Walsh Whiskey
Average price: € 33.50
Official website: walshwhiskey.com
Writer’s Tears Copper Pot is the entry level of the range that has propelled the Walsh family into the forefront of Irish whiskey production. Founded in 2005, Walsh Whiskey first launched The Irishmen in 2007 and then Writer’s Tears in 2009. The great success of the two brands allowed the Walsh family to refine their project from 2016 in a magnificent new distillery in Royal Oak.
For obvious reasons of ageing, this Copper Pot does not yet belong to the production of the new distillery, and yet it carries high the flag of the family’s production values. It’s a 60/40% blend of a Single Malt from Bushmills and a Single Pot Still from Midleton, both triple distilled.
For an Irish whiskey, the absence of Grain Whiskey in the blend is surprising.
It has an amber yellow colour. Limpid and crystalline.
The nose is an explosion of apples of all kinds. Sweet undertones, wildflower honey, vanilla. As you aerate it also develops a grassy component, of wild flowers, freshly cut grass and lemongrass. You perceive also wood notes, but fresh and maritime. Excellent intensity for an entry-level product.
In the mouth, it’s drinkable and soft, but not without pepper. Apples are also protagonists here, especially as juice, sweet and fresh. Barley malt and honey are certainly perceptible, but the herbaceous components recognised on the nose are also present.
The finish isn’t particularly long, but it’s well dosed with hints of lemon cream, discreet spice, and a certain toffee note that remains at the bottom of everything else.
The Copper Pot has no particular ambitions other than to offer an authentic and well-made product in the wake of Irish tradition. It perhaps suffers from too low an alcohol content that detracts from its body and structure, but the wallet probably it’s thankful for that. After all, the Walsh family has shown that it knows how to make great whiskeys, but nowadays it’s much more difficult to offer a good base at an affordable price.
Similar to what Teeling has managed to do, with this entry-level Writer’s Tears has positioned itself as an excellent gateway into the world of Irish-style triple distillation. Definitely recommended for anyone looking for a comfortable everyday whisky.