Dublin Event: Twelve is the magic number

  • 30 Aug 2012
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Brooks Hotel, Drury Street, Dublin 2
  • 40

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Drinkers sometime confuse price with quality when it comes to whiskey. With bottles of 40 year old whiskey selling for thousands of euros, it seems as if the older a whiskey is the better it becomes. This is definitely not the case. As with most organic products, whiskey has its own sweet spot, the age at which it cannot be bettered. Even among those rare distilleries who regularly distill much older whiskeys, it is only the very rare cask that can tolerate so many years in wood.

For some distilleries, the sweet spot of their spirit is very young; for others, it is much older. But a noted curiosity of Irish whiskey is just how many of our brands have a peak at the age of 12 years old. Perhaps it is our unique climate, or something about our triple distillation methods, or a combination of factors, but it is well known among aficionados that a 12 year old Irish whiskey is something worth seeking out, and can even be preferable in many cases to older whiskeys from the same distilleries.

This month, the Irish Whiskey Society is examining this ;phenomenon to find out if the received wisdom is true. Under the eye of our expert Zoltan Vari, we'll be examining 12 year old Irish whiskeys of different styles and from different distilleries in the hope of discovering the secret to the 12 year sweet spot. This tasting is an excellent opportunity to compare different whiskeys at the same age, and learn to identify their unique styles at the exact same stage of maturity. We'll be tasting Irish whiskeys that absolutely excel at this age, and you'll be sure to uncover a new favourite dram at a fraction of the cost of those woody old decanters filled with decades-old spirit selling for thousands of euro.

And expect some surprises too, as the society may have some special gems to unveil on the night.

Whiskeys


Note: At the end of the night we vote for our favourite whiskey. Number of votes and placing are included in the tables below.

1. Jameson 12 year old

ABV 40% Age
Type Blend Finish -
Distillery Midleton Region Ireland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 10 Place 1
Notes


2. Yellow Spot 12 year old

ABV 46% Age 12
Type Single pot still Finish -
Distillery Midleton Region Ireland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 9 Place 2
Notes


3. Tullamore Dew 12 year old Sherry Finish


ABV 46% Age 12
Type Single malt Finish Sherry
Distillery Bushmills Region Ireland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 3 Place 5
Notes
  • Finished for 6 months in 2nd fill sherry butts
  • Finished at Tullamore Dew's own warehouse in Clonmel
  • Produced for Heinemann Duty Free shops


4. Cooley 12 year old single malt


ABV [cask sample] Age 12
Type Single malt Finish -
Distillery Cooley Region Ireland
Distilled 28 Jan 2000 Bottled 29 Aug 2012
Votes 9 Place 2
Notes
  • Not released. Possibly a preview of a Cooley 12yo single malt.


5. Powers 12 year old


ABV 40% Age 12
Type Blend Finish -
Distillery Midleton Region Ireland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 4 Place 4
Notes


6. Bushmills 12 year old Distillery Reserve


ABV 40% Age 12
Type Single malt Finish -
Distillery Bushmills Region Ireland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 2 Place 7
Notes


7. Connemara 12 year old

ABV 40% Age 12
Type Single malt Finish -
Distillery Cooley Region Ireland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 3 Place 5
Notes


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