Review: Writers Tears – Copper Pot

Writers Tears first hit the shelves in 2009 and it instantly became a huge hit on the market. It has appeared on pretty much every Irish whiskey recommendation list since it was released, and that is with good reason.

Originally sourced from Middleton and bottled by Walsh Whiskey, in 2016 Walsh took destiny into their own hands and opened their own distillery. Although the first bottles produced from there have yet to hit the market, no doubt they will keep producing some of the finest Irish whiskey you can buy.

The Copper Pot expression is made from blending a vatting of single malt and single pot still whiskeys. This is one of my favourite whiskeys, whether I’m in a pub or just relaxing at home, this is one of my go-to drams.

When it’s in the glass, this is one place you won’t mind drinking a few Tears. It sits enticingly in any glass, it’s pale gold liquid staring back at you.

On the nose you get a whole heap of sweet smelling, soft florals. The middle notes remind me of liquorice, while you will get some earthy wood at the back.

In the mouth, the florals come to the fore followed by a delicious taste of sweet ginger, honey and pears. Some tasters have noted that they find apples in the drink, but I equated it more to pears than anything else.

Finally, the finish gives you little burn on the way down, but it sweet and long lasting. The heat sits on the tongue and in the belly, really warming your cockles – this makes it great for those long winter nights (and short summer ones too, let’s not kid ourselves).

A drop of water in the glass really pumps up the florals and increases the sweet honey smell. In the mouth, the water mellows the alcohol burn, and instead opens up the liquorice. Finally, it really affects the finish by upping the taste of pears in the glass.


As I said at the beginning, this is one of the finest Irish whiskeys on the market. You can really taste the bourbon finish, which when mixed with the sweet honey and ginger flavours gives you a complex and flavourful dram. Absolutely delicious, I can’t recommend this enough.

Starting from as little as £28 for a 700ml bottle, you’d be kidding yourself if you didn’t go and grab a bottle for your drinks cabinet. If you’ve never tasted it before, you’re in for a real treat.

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