Ireland's Walsh Whiskey has created a new core expression for its Writers’ Tears range, which blends together Irish whiskeys aged in American and French oak casks.Writers’ Tears Double Oak is the result of a collaboration between the whiskey maker and the Legaret family in Cognac, France. The collaboration initially saw Walsh Whiskey introduce French oak to its Writers' Tears portfolio with the release of Writers' Tears Cognac Cask. French oak-influenced whiskey will now become a permanent feature in the product line-up through the introduction of Double Oak. Bernard Walsh, founder and managing director of Walsh Whiskey, said: “At Walsh Whiskey we are driven by an endless quest for the perfect 'drop' of Irish whiskey as part of our family's dream to create a legacy of whiskey excellence. "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.” Double Oak has been matured in both American and French oak casks, with the American barrels imparting “bolder flavours” such as vanilla, while the French oak influence offers “silky tannins, a light sweetness and fruity flavours”. The third expression in the Writers’ Tears core range is triple-distilled, non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% abv. Writers’ Tears Double Oak will be first available in the USA, Russia, UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Ireland, with a recommended retail price of US$64.99.