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October 2012

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years before the Scots; when you have 500 years more practice, you're that much better." When he's not preaching the gospel, Tim likes to cheer on Arsenal, the London football club, and spend time in Central Park "kicking around a ball with mates" and mastering his frisbee skills. Like any good Irishman, he's a man of rituals: Sunday night darts in the East Village, where he often pulls out a good Irish toast. His favorite: Here's to fi ghting, cheating, stealing and drinking. If you cheat, may you cheat death. If you steal, may you steal a heart. If you fi ght, may you fi ght for a brother. And if you drink, may you drink with me. Though he's enjoying his time in New York, Tim says he can't get enough of Colorado—whether it's skiing with a hipfl ask of Tullamore D.E.W. or seeing a gig in downtown in Denver's bar scene. He has a hankering to visit Texas; he just has to come up with a cowboy toast, fi rst. The Tullamore Tradition Tullamore D.E.W. Original recently revamped its bottle and label, highlighting the story of "D.E.W.," which is not about wet grass, but about Daniel E. Williams, the 19th- century distiller who modernized Tullamore and whom Tim calls the brand's "best-kept secret." Tullamore likes to say three is its magic number: The whiskey is triple-distilled from three types of Irish whiskey: pot still, malt and grain whiskey—the only such whiskey with that secret formula. As a result, it claims to be three times smoother. Tim backs that up with taste profi les of green apple, citrus and honey vanilla. And because the barley used for the whiskey is dried in enclosed kilns rather than over peat fi res, it doesn't take on the peaty smokiness that dissuades some potential whiskey drinkers. Plus, it's aged in bourbon and sherry casks, giving it added complexity. With Irish whiskey the fastest growing spirits category, Tullamore D.E.W. is enjoying banner sales. The brand was up 25 percent last year, and is the world's second largest and amongst the fastest-growing Irish whiskey brands, sold in 80 international markets. —L. B. The four distillations provide a good range of fl avors for every level of drinking: Tullamore D.E.W. Original, mild- blended, citrus with charted wood undertones. SRP: $24 At Cooper Craft & Kitchen, Tim Herlihy supports his favorite football team, Arsenal, while preaching the gospel of Irish whiskey. Tullamore D.E.W. 10 Year Old Reserve Aged in Spanish and American oak for a minimum of 10 years. Fresh, malty and woody with citrus and vanilla notes. SRP: $31 Tullamore D.E.W. 10 Year Old Single Malt The only Irish single malt to be matured to perfection in four casks: old bourbon, dry oloroso sherry, port and madeira. SRP: $35 Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve Complex fl avors, with sweet spicy "Christmas cake" notes, rich nutty background from the bourbon casks. SRP: $40 october 2012 / the tasting panel / 115 PHOTO :DOUG YOUNG

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