Tully goes Tiki

Tully goes Tiki

What happens when Irish whiskey meets Caribbean rum

News | 30 Oct 2019

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The latest release from Tullamore D.E.W. gives the Irish triple blend a little Caribbean twist by using an XO rum cask as a finish, and highlight an interesting link between the two island nations.

While the earliest records of whiskey making are found in Ireland, what is less well known is that the Irish also played a role in the early development of rum in the Caribbean. In the 16th and 17th centuries more than 50,000 Irish emigrants arrived in the ‘West Indies’, where it is believed their experience of whiskey distilling became blended with local expertise, playing an instrumental role in the inception and growth of the Caribbean rum business.

Immediately it stood out to our whiskey makers as being something truly special... The combination of Irish heart and Caribbean soul balance beautifully

Tully XO has been inspired by the brand’s spirit, The Beauty of Blend, which challenges preconceptions about how great whiskey is made; as well as championing the ways in which cultural diversity can inspire creativity and new experiences, to create an infinitely more interesting world. Evocative of the rum routes and the historic passage of the Irish, this new whiskey takes drinkers on a journey from Ireland to the Caribbean, highlighting the intriguing cultural story.

John Quinn, global brand ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W., said that new edition is finished in barrels previously used to age Demerara rum.
He added: “At our Tullamore Distillery, we are constantly experimenting with our whiskey making. Tullamore D.E.W. XO Caribbean Rum Cask Finish was just one of many trials inspired by our work on the Beauty of Blend, but immediately stood out to our whiskey makers as being something truly special.”
He continued: “Many styles of Caribbean rum were tested, but carefully selected first fill XO Caribbean rum casks, previously used to age Demerara rum, imparted distinctive sweet tropical fruit and warm spice flavours to our original blend. The combination of Irish heart and Caribbean soul balance beautifully.”

Flavour profile (from the producer)

Shining with a golden amber glow, Tully XO is a blended Irish whiskey of exceptional flavour. On the nose, the notes of vanilla and oak overlaid with citrus, ripe bananas and delicate spice bring you on a journey to the Caribbean. Incredibly smooth and rich, the creamy mouthfeel brings out the deliciously deep caramel and banana notes with dates and raisins evident. The finish is long and sweet with bananas and caramel lingering.

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