No one reaches first for Tullamore Dew when they think of Irish whiskey, but looking at the spirit was fresh eyes, nostrils, and taste buds, it’s really not half bad.
That said, the “Standard Blend” is nothing special. The flavor profile of the Dew is mildly sweet and malt-like, touched with lemon and with a mild bit of wood atop it (it’s aged a minimum of three years… and I doubt much more than that), punctuated by some bitterness and a moderate amount of burn. Though it’s just 80 proof, most complaints about Tullamore Dew involve how hot it can be, which is probably why it’s often consumed on the rocks.
All in all, a totally passable whiskey, though at 20 bucks a bottle, it’s probably not really a go-to whiskey over plain-old Jameson or Bushmill’s.
B- / $20 / tullamoredew.com