Wednesday, May 08, 2019


Walsh Whiskey, has today announced the launch of a new core range expression in its Writers’ Tears range, inspired by the blends popular in 18th century Ireland.

Writers’ Tears Double Oak (46% ABV) is a blend of single pot still and single malt Irish whiskeys, that have been matured in American and French oak casks.
Writers' Tears Double Oak

The use of French oak casks in the maturation of Irish whiskey was widespread through the 17th and 18th centuries. This changed in the 19th century, with the arrival of more affordable and larger quantities of American oak casks, which was driven by the surge in exports of Irish whiskey.

This gave rise to a unique ménage of both French and American Oak barrels being used for maturing Irish whiskies and the resultant blends gave a new twist in the flavour profile of Irish pot and malt whiskeys.

This latest release from the Carlow - Ireland based company, was made possible by a close collaboration between the Walsh family and the Legaret family in Cognac, France.

Walsh Whiskey recently introduced French oak to followers of the Writers' Tears portfolio, with the release of Writers' Tears Cognac Cask. Following its success, Bernard Walsh decided to make French oak a permanent feature in the Writers' Tears portfolio, with the launch of the new Double Oak expression.

Commenting on the news, Bernard Walsh, Founder and Managing Director of Walsh Whiskey, said: “We are driven by our quest to create the perfect 'drop' of Irish whiskey. Our fascination with what has gone before us provides an endless well of inspiration and that led us to work our way back to exploring what French oak first brought to Irish whiskey’s taste profile in the 1800s. I look forward to hearing what followers of Writers' Tears think of our addition to the family.”

Writers’ Tears Double Oak, will be available later this month in existing markets, for a RRP of €55.00.

Posted by Steve Rush