Tullamore Dew’s Global Ambassador John Quinn part1

A Taste of Tullamore
Every wondered where Tullamore Dew gets its unique taste from? I was able to find out this and much more, when Tullamore Dew’s Global Ambassador John Quinn came to Stockholm.  

Tell us some details on your, Role & Title?
I often say I’ve been working with Tullamore Dew since I was two, it seems like such a long time. I have been working with Tullamore Dew since 1974. I started then with The Irish Distillers Group and worked there for 13 years, where laterally I was International Development Manager working with all the Irish Whiskey brands.
As Brand Ambassadors, we personify the brand, and we must have full knowledge of the brand, it’s heritage and it’s make-up. We happily do interviews with all types of media and educate people, both consumers and trade on all elements of the brand.
Which Whiskies are you working with?
I work only with Tullamore Dew and all its variants.

All good Whiskey have a story, what’s the story behind yours?
Tullamore is a town in Ireland and comes from the Gaelic translation meaning big hill. And the word DEW comes from initials Daniel Edmond Williams, the owner of the distillery back in the 1800s. Daniel was one of the first distillers to introduce triple distillation and his whiskey became famous for it’s smoothness
In the 1940s Desmond, Daniel’s grandson, decided to launch the first blended Irish Wkiskey by introducing Column Still whiskey (or Grain whiskey) to the Tullamore Dew blend.
The Column Still had been introduced in the late 1800s. Aeneas Coffey, was an Irish Excise official and regularly reported illegal stills, often to his detriment. After he left his Government position he played around with and eventually patented a process called Continuous Distillation, which is now used worldwide. It is highly efficient process and produces a lighter style of whiskey, perfect for blending. The Column stills are now referred to as Coffey Stills. Many of the distillers in Ireland did not like the new spirit from these stills and in fact called it “Silent Spirit”. In Scotland they liked it and found it was perfect for blending with malt whisky, which was traditionally very strong in flavour. You could say Blended Whisky was an Irish invention but the Scots used it first. Desmond Williams introduced the first successful Column Still in Ireland.

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