The roll-call of distilleries and brand names which disappeared when the Irish industry imploded is a comprehensive one. Locke’s Kilbeggan (now revived under Cooley), Dundalk, Allman’s Bandon, Comber and Tullamore are just some of the well-known and highly regarded distillers who merely found it impossible to bring on, no matter how good individuals thought their whiskey was.Most of the brands simply vanished, the names of the distillers and their scotches slowly slipping into a slightly remembered past. Some, however, managed to hang on. Tullamore Dew is one of them. It also represents a history of the Irish industry in miniature.The Tullamore distillery was integrated in 1829 and was bestowed to the Daly family in 1857. In 1887, Captain Daly-a guy more thinking about playing polo, hunting and racing horses-made Daniel E. Williams supervisor. Williams was a bit like an Irish Jack Daniel, having signed up with the plant at age 15 and speedily worked his way as much as this lofty position. The reality that a nation gentleman like Captain Daly was associated with making nation scotch is evidence of how wealthy landowners started to take over from farmer-distillers as the rural population declined and new laws were passed.Williams broadened the distillery, began exporting and developed a brand-new triple
distilled pot still brand name, Tullamore Dew(the’Dew’taken from his initials)which was sold with the slogan’Offer Every man His Dew’. The quality of his 8-year-old whiskey even moved that normally crusty old historian Alfred Barnard to poetry. Eventually the Daly family offered their shares to the Williams’, however popular though it was, even they could not keep the distillery running. In 1954, the Tullamore distillery closed.It was a hard time for Irish scotch. The federal government had, for reasons best know to itself, restricted exports of bourbon throughout the 2nd World War arguing that it would guarantee prepared materials on the domestic market and continue to bring in ensured income. The UK government, on the other hand, had actually decided that while the bourbon market was diminished, some distilleries could stay open and exports should continue. It was a significant oversight by the Irish. The distillers, on the other hand, were still holding firm to their belief that traditional pot still whiskey was remarkable to blended Scotch.When the government raised taxes again in 1952 the writing was on the wall for distillers like the Williams’of Tullamore. No other way might the domestic market support so many brand names. The Irish may be famous drinkers, but even that was beyond them. In 1953 a study by the Irish Export Board discovered that 50 percent of whiskey-drinkers in the States had never become aware of Irish whiskey. Irish emigrants now saw themselves as Americans, they had actually turned their backs on the ‘ould country ‘. Fortunately, Tullamore Dew was conserved when the organization was sold to Power’s in 1965 and the next year became part of the Irish Distillers portfolio. Nowadays it is owned by Cantrell & Cochrane, though
the bourbon is still made at Midleton. A traditional mix of standard pot still with light grain, it’s in the lighter end of the spectrum, though a 12-year-old version shows considerably more weight – probably from a greater percentage of pot still.The total lightness has endeared it to German and, more just recently, American palates. Individuals are interested in the brand once again and Cantrell & Cochrane has opened a heritage centre at the old Tullamore distillery site. All favorable enough, but you can’t help but wonder, what if … TASTING NOTES Tullamore Dew On the lighter side of the Irish fence. Clean crisp and light, however not extremely amazing. * * Tullamore Dew 12-year-old So different from the basic bottling that you wonder initially if it is from the very same stable. Ripe, fleshy and rich,this is the one to attempt. ***(*)
Locke’s Kilbeggan (now revived under Cooley), Dundalk, Allman’s Bandon, Comber and Tullamore are simply some of the popular and reputable distillers who simply found it impossible to carry on, no matter how excellent people thought their bourbon was.Most of the brands simply vanished, the names of the distillers and their bourbons slowly slipping into a vaguely remembered past. It likewise represents a history of the Irish industry in miniature.The Tullamore distillery was constructed in 1829 and was bequeathed to the Daly family in 1857. In 1954, the Tullamore distillery closed.It was a hard time for Irish whiskey. The distillers, on the other hand, were still holding company to their belief that conventional pot still scotch was remarkable to combined Scotch.When the government raised taxes again in 1952 the writing was on the wall for distillers like the Williams’of Tullamore. Luckily, Tullamore Dew was saved when the organization was sold to Power’s in 1965 and the next year ended up being part of the Irish Distillers portfolio.
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