Score: 8.6 / 10
Distillery: Walsh Whiskey Distillery
Writer's Tears is a blended Irish whiskey that combines both single pot still and single malt whiskeys. This blend of whiskeys creates a distinctive flavor profile that is smooth, balanced, and complex. Writer's Tears whiskeys are triple distilled, a traditional Irish whiskey production method that results in a smooth and refined spirit.
The name "Writer's Tears" pays homage to Ireland's rich literary heritage. It is inspired by the phrase "the tears of the poets" or "uisce beatha na bhfileadh" in Irish Gaelic, which refers to whiskey and the emotional inspiration it provides to writers.
Classic Irish Whiskey flavors meet big sherry influence on what I would consider a great and very enjoyable pour. I first tried this in a bar in Dublin and was impressed
Nose: Blooming layers of essential oils with vanilla and honey. Deeper on the inhale a nice earthiness from the sherry influence takes center stage with dry red wine and an almost smoky sensation. There's a touch of breadiness here, but it's sweet almost like a bagel and there's also an inviting pipe tobacco scent.
Palate: The palate is thick and viscous, it thoroughly coats the mouth expanding with rich vanilla and honey. Classic Irish whiskey flavors ramp up and then bring forth a nice sugar plum and dried orange. On the backend more essential oils flair with a light peppery spice. Right here is where the sherry shines bringing robust dried fruit, nuttiness, and charred smoky flavor. The drinking experience remains viscous and leathery throughout.
Finish: more red wine, dried dark fruit, overly charred hookah, walnuts and oak. The finish both moderately dry and in duration. Lacking the sides of the mouth at this point yields more honey and red fruit that dry quickly leaving a sour tinge.
S+ Sensational - The Pinnacle (9.5+)
A - AXEceptional (astounding) (9-9.5)
B - bravo (step aBove average) (8-8.9)
C - competent (7-7.9)
D - disappointing (6-6.9)
F - flush it down the toilet (fail) (5.9 below)
Notes: Availability? Uncommon - Seems pretty easy to find this from multiple online venues at a reasonable price. You might have some difficulty tracking it down in person.