Walsh Whiskey has unveiled Writers’ Tears Double Oak, a new core expression for the Writers’ Tears range, which focuses on single pot still and single malt Irish whiskeys.
Writers’ Tears Double Oak is a blend of the two whiskey styles aged in two types of wood: American and French Oak. It is triple-distilled, non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV.
The new expression is made possible by a collaboration between the Walsh family in Ireland’s County Carlow and the Legaret family in Cognac, France. Through its partnership with the Legaret family, Walsh Whiskey recently launched Writers’ Tears Cognac Cask. Encouraged by the response, Walsh Whisky decided to make French oak a permanent feature in the Writers’ Tears portfolio.
The use of French oak casks in the maturation of Irish whiskey was widespread through the 17th and 18th centuries, the company says. This changed in the 19th century, with the arrival of more-affordable and larger quantities of American oak casks. This gave rise to a ménage of both French and American Oak barrels being used for maturing Irish whiskies. The resultant blends gave a new twist in the flavor profile of Irish pot and malt whiskeys.
Writers’ Tears Double Oak is available in all markets for a suggested retail price of $64.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
On the nose is sweet vanilla, notes of cinnamon, plum and poached pear, the company reports, followed by a palate of pressed grapes and citrus zest before the finish with chocolate undertones and lingering spice.
Double Oak is the third core expression in the Writers’ Tears range, which also includes the Copper Pot and Cask Strength. It is the 14th expression in the wider Walsh Whiskey portfolio, including the extended Writers’ Tears and The Irishman ranges.