Walsh Whiskey recently introduced its 2022 vintage of Writers’ Tears Cask Strength, the 12th edition of the expression.
Crafted by marriage of aged single pot still and single malt whiskey, both liquids are triple distilled, non-chill filtered and aged in American oak bourbon barrels.
The 2022 vintage is bottled at 54.6% ABV and each is individually numbered and carries the signature of Writers’ Tears creator and Walsh Whiskey co-founder, Bernard Walsh.
In all, the 2022 release is limited to 7,920 bottles and it’s now on sale worldwide, with 2,100 bottles released to the US and 5,820 distributed across the rest of the world, including Travel Retail. It has a suggested retail price of $150/€140.
“Cask strength Irish whiskey is still quite rare, but our vatting combining both pot still and single malt is truly unique,” said Bernard Walsh in a prepared statement. “Consumers are looking to trade-up their Irish whiskey experience and this is a genuine super-premium expression that has steadily built a following internationally over the last 12 years.”
The distiller’s notes for the 12th Vintage of Writers’ Tears Cask Strength Whiskey show that on the nose, it has aromas of pear drops and candied fruits. The palate features notes of heather honey, fennel and cinnamon spice. It finishes with a hint of creamy, chewy toffee.
First created by Walsh in 2009, Writers’ Tears now features a range of eight triple-distilled Irish whiskeys. Walsh said Writers’ Tears got its inspiration from the golden era of Irish whiskey, pot still distillation and its bond with creative thinkers and artists, stemming from the literary greats that defined Irish culture in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The range includes four core (Copper Pot, Double Oak, Single Pot Still and Red Head) and four limited-edition expressions. Three of the limited-edition expressions in the range are under the Writers’ Tears Copper Pot line and feature rare cask finishes – Ice Wine, Marsala and Mizunara. The fourth limited-edition expression is a cask strength vintage, produced annually.
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