Carlow, Ireland – 2nd December 2019: Writers’ Tears Double Oak was first released, by Walsh Whiskey, in May 2019 and has already turned heads, especially in the United States – the world’s largest market for whiskey where 50% of all Irish whiskey is sold. Today Writers’ Tears Double Oak has been confirmed in the United States as the only Irish whiskey to make the elite Whisky Advocate listing of the Top 10 World Whiskey Releases of 2019. The other 9 included 4 Bourbon expressions, 4 Scotch and a Tennessee whiskey.
Writing for Whisky Advocate, Jonny McCormick’s citation for Writers’ Tears Double Oak reads: “Walsh Whiskey has rarely released better whiskeys than those of 2019, which included two expressions made in collaboration with the Legaret family of Deau Cognac. Here, they apply bourbon and French oak cognac barrels to the unique marriage of single pot still and single malt Irish whiskeys, arguably the most premium interpretation of the Irish blend. Aromas of dark berry fruit, cinnamon, fudge, milk chocolate, graham crackers, jellied fruit, and a smudge of dry spices. Compelling, well-structured whiskey with cinnamon, chocolate, dark toffee, pepper, and ginger; never cloying, nor overly sweet, just a richly rewarding glass.”
Bernard Walsh, Chief Executive and co-founder of Walsh Whiskey said: “This is high praise for our new core expression in the Writers’ Tears stable. It caps a great year for us which saw The Irishman Single Malt Single Cask 17 Year Old named Irish whiskey of the year, and when we loaned Martin Scorsese our logo to help him make his movie!”
Earlier this year, Writers’ Tears scored a double coup when the range was the only one in the world to have two expressions included in the Whisky Advocate list of highest-scoring 21 whiskeys reviewed out of 150 this Fall/Autumn. Writers’ Tears Double Oak and Writers’ Tears Cask Strength (2019) were the only Irish whiskeys to make that list.
Writers’ Tears Double Oak, is the third core expression in the Writers’ Tears range which includes the Copper Pot and Cask Strength versions. The wider Walsh Whiskey portfolio comprises of 16 expressions in the extended Writers’ Tears and The Irishman ranges.