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Writers Tears Red Head Irish Whiskey Gets Oloroso Cask Aging

Writers Tears Red HeadThe recent opening of  €25 million Walsh Whiskey Distillery in Ireland marked an important step in the journey of Irish whiskey couple Bernard & Rosemary Walsh. They are not content, however, to just kick back and relax. Instead, they are releasing a new sherry cask aged whiskey under their Writers Tears brand.

The new Writers Tears Red Head is a triple-distilled expression which is non-age statement in nature. It is drawn from handpicked, ex-Oloroso sherry butts. It is the influence of these casks which lead to the name of this whiskey given its rich, ruby hue.

Walsh is targeting this whiskey as a limited edition offering across select markets, offering up a total of 12,000 bottles. There was no immediate mention of price for Red Head, which is bottled at 46% ABV and non-chill filtered.

“We are thrilled with the result of the marriage between our first-ever Single Malt expression of Writers Tears and these precious Oloroso sherry butts,” said Bernard Walsh in a prepared email statement. “The natural interaction and careful aging between the pot-still spirit, styled in Writers Tears signature fashion in copper pots, as all Irish whiskey was in the golden era of the 1800s, and the Spanish wood contributes to the outstanding quality and distinctive flavours of this sublime single malt.”

Limited tasting notes for this whiskey are below for your consideration.

Nose:  Orange peel, dried fruits and sherry plums

Taste:   Nutty Oloroso, Spicy Raisins and creamy oak

Finish:  Long and wonderfully complex with a flourish of orange. An unhurried journey.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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