Friday, November 18, 2022

Whiskey Review Plus... Writers Tears, Copper Pot Irish Whiskey 40% ABV. Wayward Spirit Visit! New Irish release from The Single Malt Shop. Instil 38 Gold!

Whiskey Review Plus...  

Writers Tears, Copper Pot Irish Whiskey. Wayward Spirit Visit! New Irish release from The Single Malt Shop. Istil 38 Gold!

Writers Tears, Copper Pot Irish Whiskey 40% ABV

Don't stick your nose in to get the aromas - a "mistake" some wine aficionados make with spirits - just hover above the glass and they’ll come to you, apple, honey, malt and vanilla in this case. 

The attractive soft whiskey has been matured in charred Bourbon barrels and there are notes of the wood on the gentle palate. It is smooth and mellow, with mild spice and always a hint of the oak. And the finish is smooth and long. 

This is just one of five Irish Tears. The others are Double Oak, Red Head, Single Pot Still and Cask Strength.

They say: Writers’ Tears is a unique marriage of Aged Single Pot Still and Single Malt Irish whiskey. Distilled entirely from barley, both malted and unmalted, this is a truly special Irish Whiskey. Writers’ Tears is triple distilled, non-peated and matured in Flame Charred American Oak bourbon casks. An award-winning whiskey that has also been included in Ian Buxton’s publication “101 Whiskeys to try before you die”.

Writer's Tears Whiskey is owned and operated by the Walsh family in County Carlow. This approachable Copper Pot is widely available at around the 45 euro mark.


Wayward Spirit Visit!

As part of the launch of Lakeview Estate Single Estate Irish Whiskey, we recently visited Lakeview on the shores Lough Leann in Killarney, a beautiful destination and a superb whiskey. If you haven't see the post, check out the details here


press release


After launching in May of 2021, The Single Malt Shop has quickly earned a solid reputation for being a global leader as an online whiskey store. Based out of Dublin, they have grown their distribution to dozens of countries worldwide.

A crucial element behind the shop's success has been their strong investment into exclusive single casks. Continuing this tradition sees them bring out their final Irish single cask of the year from the legendary bonders Mitchell & Son, Green Spot 10 Year Old.
This single pot still release is limited to just 192 bottles and its ABV is at the cask strength of 58% ABV. It was filled in May of 2011 in an ex Bourbon barrel where it remained for a decade.
What marks this wonderful bottling as particularly special, is that it will be the last third party single cask release that Mitchell & Son and their partners IDL will be doing.


Jonathan Mitchell, Managing Director of Mitchell & Son said, "It was a great honour for us in Mitchells that the Single Malt Shop is launching a single cask of Green Spot 10 year old whiskey.  Our original Mitchell's Green Spot was in fact also a 10 year old whiskey so it's very exciting to see it back again so many decades later.

I wish The Single Malt Shop every success with the launch of this excellent, single pot still release."

AGE: 10 years
BARREL: Ex-Bourbon
ABV: 58%
PRICE: €340 for Ireland including shipping. International prices will vary according to local taxes and duties in destination countries. Click here to order.
AVAILABILITY: For a full list of countries The Single Malt Shop delivers to click here.
CASK NO: 88193, FILLED IN MAY 2011

NOSE: Medley of fruits ranging from sweet red apples, ripe honeydew melon to zesty citrus notes of lemon peel and mandarin. Baked apple crumble with dustings of cinnamon work with the vanilla and clove oil aromas that remain constant throughout, creating balance between the fruits, pot still spices and charred oak.

TASTE: Initial burst of pot still spices with delicate jasmine tea tannins and clove. Fruit notes of sweet pear and orange work in tandem with the vanilla and dried herbs, while the oak continues to evolve, adding woodland spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, accentuating the overall spice intensity.

FINISH: Lingering finish in which the oaks and fruits interweave amongst the fading spices, creating a harmonious finale.


The Single Malt Shop is based in Dublin and owned and operated by The Single Malt Fund, the world’s first publicly listed Alternative Investment Fund for whiskey. Listed on the Nordic Growth Market in Sweden, The Single Malt Fund is fully regulated, offering investors a safe way to invest in the Water of Life. We invest in rare and limited edition whiskies from all over the world and make these available for sale via The Single Malt Shop.

press release

istil 38 Superior Irish Craft Vodka wins two gold medals at Irish Whiskey Awards 

It may have only launched in April of this year, but istil 38 Superior Irish Craft Vodka has had an exceptionally positive year. With strong nationwide distribution around the country and two full time brand ambassadors, bars have been quick to take in all three of the brand's flavours to mix them into classic cocktails and new delicious creations. 

Co-owner and the brand's Creative Director, Pippa O'Connor Ormond now has another reason to celebrate with her team. Last week at The Irish Whiskey Awards, istil 38 won two gold medals for its Classic Irish vodka and its Vanilla Irish Vodka.

Pippa O'Connor Ormond, Co-owner and Creative Director of istil 38 

"I am thrilled that istil 38 Superior Irish Craft Vodka has picked up two such illustrious awards. We have always maintained that it is a remarkably well produced spirit that goes so nicely into cocktails. Now we have an official verdict from our industry's peers that has given us two gold medals from the highly acclaimed and totally independent Irish Whiskey Awards. I'll be celebrating tonight with an Irish Espresso Martini!" 


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