Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points - Precise and delicate on the nose with honey, coffee grounds and almond butter shining through. Very fresh on the palate showing brighter flavors of ripe plum, preserved peach and candied orange peel. These flavors last into a well-structured and slightly smoky finish. Chairmanâs Trophy.April/2014
Whisky Advocate 91 points - This blends bourbon and oloroso cask-matured elements drawn from every style of Irish whiskey. A mouthwatering dram with warm, creamy toffee, ripening yellow banana, wood spices, toasted coconut, spiced stewed apple, and cinnamon sticks. A delicious sip reveals a smooth medley of malt, chocolate, gentle spices, Brazil nut, and dried fruit, which sidles into a long finish of chocolate-covered raisins and deep, resonating spice. No reservations; this is special. Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick (Winter 2018).January/2019
Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve is a carefully crafted blend of old Irish whiskeys - full of complex flavours, perfectly married to give a sophisticated drinking session full of depth, character and maturity. It is a deluxe blend with "a full, smooth, well-rounded whiskey, combining maltiness and pot still character. Sweet spicy notes overlay rich woody background from the bourbon casks used in maturation". The whiskies in the Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve have a very high concentration of pot still and malt in addition to grain whiskies, triple distilled between 12 and 15 years ago from unmalted as well as malted barley. It is a very fine aged whiskey with more complexity coming from the additional aging. All the whiskies in the blend are matured in old Bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, slowly reaching their perfection. The sherry cask finish gives a sweet nuttiness to the taste. It also has pleasant spicy back notes.