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Hotaling & Co.

Writers’ Tears Irish Whiskey


19th and early 20th century Ireland was a golden era both for Irish whiskey and, perhaps coincidentally, for great Irish novelists, poets and playwrights. Ireland was then the leading whiskey producing nation in the world and the birthplace of literary giants of the era including writers such as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Bram Stoker, to name but a few.

Many of these great writers, on occasion would take refuge in their local public house, where they could draw inspiration from their daily observations of life while enjoying the comfort of their favorite dram of whiskey.

At this time, one whiskey blend was held high above all others. Known as the ‘champagne of Irish whiskey’ it was a master blend of pot still and malt whiskeys, both distilled in copper pots. It was enjoyed by many of the great Irish writers of the day… of course less for its inspirational qualities than its full bodied, flavorsome taste and creamy texture! It was said that they enjoyed it so much, that when they cried their tears were of whiskey.

Walsh Whiskey’s Writers’ Tears Copper Pot is a critically acclaimed, award-winning recreation of that fabled 19th century style of whiskey. A truly unique expression that is embedded in history. We have since added Single Malt, Cask Strength and Double Maturation expressions to the Writers’ Tears range. We hope you enjoy them… literally!


Writers’ Tears Copper Pot
Writers’ Tears Copper Pot

Writers’ Tears is a unique vatting of Aged Single Pot Still and Single Malt whiskey. Distilled entirely from Pot Still and Malt, without Grain, this is a truly special Irish whiskey. Writers’ Tears is triple distilled, non-peated and matured and aged in American Oak bourbon casks. A gold medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in London and one of the highest rated Irish Whiskeys in Jim Murray’s Iconic “Whiskey Bible”. “Altogether a very unusual Irish Whiskey, a throwback to the last century where spiced Pure Pot Still whiskey was married with Floral Single Malt” – Jim Murray. It has also been added to Ian Buxton’s publication “101 Whiskeys to Try Before You Die”. 40% ABV

Tasting Notes:
  • Nose: Flashes of apple with hints of vanilla and honey over a distinctively pot still base.
  • Taste: Gently spiced with a burst of ginger and butterscotch with background notes of toasted oak.
  • Finish: Long elegant finish with subtle notes of milk chocolate and almonds.
  • Gold Medal | International Spirits Challenge 2019
  • Gold Medal | San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019
  • Gold Medal | World Whiskies Awards 2019
Writers’ Tears Double Oak
Writers’ Tears Double Oak

Writers’ Tears Double Oak is a blend of the two premium whiskey styles aged in two types of wood – American and French Oak. It is triple-distilled, non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV. The new expression is made possible by a close collaboration between the Walsh family in Ireland’s County Carlow and the Legaret family in Cognac, France. 46% ABV

Tasting Notes:
  • Nose: Dashes of sweet vanilla, notes of cinnamon, plum and poached pear.
  • Taste: Pressed grapes and citrus zest.
  • Finish: Chocolate undertones and lingering spice.
  • Gold Medal | San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020
  • Master Medal | The Irish Whiskey Masters 2019
  • 94 Points | Whisky Advocate 2019