New York City is full of exciting events at legendary venues each and every night of the week. Mornings over coffee are filled with gossip about the elite access and private parties that lit up the city the night before. Last night I was lucky enough to be one of 24 guests to attend an event of this kind. The exclusive venue happened to be the Consul General of Ireland’s private penthouse residence and the celebrity of the evening was a vintage bottle of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey.
The evening was hosted by Mr. Noel Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland, and Mrs. Hanora O’Dea Kilkenny, and struck a beautiful balance of the storied legacy and the bright future of Tullamore D.E.W. Upon stepping off the elevator onto the 52nd floor, I was warmly welcomed by Mr. Noel Kilkenny, his wife, and their two Labrador Retrievers to their impressive duplex penthouse. The evening began under the setting sun with delicious Tullamore D.E.W. cocktails served on the 360 degree wrap-around balcony. After a few cocktails and some wonderful whiskey conversation, the breathtaking group of elite NYC guests were ushered down to the first floor where a proper tasting was awaiting.
Welcomed by the charming and witty Brand Ambassador Tim Herlihy, guests were immersed into the Irish True world of Tullamore D.E.W. This year the brand is building its future by strengthening the ties to its past. The renovated state of the art Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre in Ireland has been re-opened; returning distillation of the liquid to the town of Tullamore for the first time since 1959. This bit of information provided a perfect segue into the main event of the night, tasting whiskey! Tim had with him a stash of three very different but equally beautiful expressions of Tullamore D.E.W, giving guests a taste of the past and the future.
The first whiskey we tasted, Tullamore D.E.W. Private Stock, was from the old distillery. This bottle was so rare that it is the only bottle the company has and the bottle so unique that upon cracking the seal Tim was surprised to find he would need a corkscrew to actually open it! Distilled in 1940 this Single Pot Still whiskey was aged in Bourbon casks and pulled from Daniel E. Williams private stock. The gorgeous liquid was extremely smooth with a burst of spice on the palate.
The second whiskey, Tullamore D.E.W. 1970S, is another extinct bottle. Distilled in 1948 in a coffee-still, the liquid was a blend which was truly pioneering for the time. The whiskey, produced at the old St. John’s Lane distillery in Dublin, was triple distilled and triple blended created with the American palate in mind.
Finally, we enjoyed Tullamore D.E.W. number three. Lucky for us, it is still available! Matured in Bourbon and Sherry casks the liquid remains true to the heritage of Tullamore D.E.W. This bottle featured new packaging paying homage to where the liquid came from and the man himself who made all of this possible
It’s hard to say which whiskey was my favorite as they all were so unique and beautiful in their own way. At any rate, I must admit that I am one lucky lady to have been able to taste a bit of two now extinct bottles of Tullamore D.E.W!
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