Explore why Matt believes that we should do away with the dram in Irish whiskey and embrace our own native culture when it comes to Irish whiskey.
Redbreast whiskey is about to release the newest edition of its heavily sherried single pot still family. Join us as we examine the possibility that Redbreast is about to welcome a Lustau edition into the family.
Thus, this article is intended to debunk some of the common myths around Irish whiskey and to highlight some of things to look out for when buying Irish! If you're a connoisseur or a new arrival to the category you might find a lot of the things that are touted as gospel turn out to be common misconceptions.
Explore an early look into Boann Distillery. An exciting new distillery in the heart of the Boyne valley in County Meath.
Take a look into the two new trilogies from Jameson Irish whiskey. Appearing to be targeted at both travel and general retail markets, interesting things seem to be coming down the line for Jameson.
A look at the new Powers Three Swallow. Their newest mass scale edition to the Powers single pot still line.
A guide to Midleton's Very Rare whiskey. History, tasting notes and collectibility.
Taking a look at Midleton Dair Ghaelach. The first whiskey in over 100 years to be finished in Irish Oak.
Dair Ghaelach (which means "Irish oak" in Irish) is the new release from the Midleton pot still range. A premium pot still release that has been matured for 15-22 years in ex bourbon casks finished in virgin Irish oak for ten months. This is the first time in a very long time that Irish Oak... Continue Reading →
So summer is in the air and as is a brand new release from Irish Distillers and Mitchell and Sons! Green Spot finished in Bordeaux wine casks! Supposedly chosen due to their long history with the Irish, the Chateau Leoville Barton! (check out the background info on Barton here http://www.donnybrookfair.ie/files/pdf/history_of_barton_guestier.pdf) The launch of this new Green... Continue Reading →
Many of us a very familiar with Paddy Whiskey. An affordable and tasty blend from Irish Distillers that lends it's name from its legendary salesman from Co. Cork Paddy Flaherty. Supposedly very generous with tasting samples but sold buckets of the stuff and ultimately was honoured with his name on the bottle and IDL certainly earned... Continue Reading →
So with the announcement of Whisky Magazine's World Whiskey Awards I thought I would put up my review of the World's best pot still Redbreast 15 year old. Now as I'm sure you've gathered from my previous posts and the title of this blog I am a huge pot still fan and I am absolutely... Continue Reading →
Whiskey fans in the US, it's time to buy Irish Whiskey. With the recently announced Quantitative Easing plan announced my Mario Dragi in the European Central Bank €60 billion euro in assets are going to be purchased by the ECB and National Central Banks, each month until September 2016. A big side effect of QE is... Continue Reading →
So we held our monthly tasting session last night so I'm going to post a quick round up and review of the bottles as well on a separate post. The theme of the evening was Irish whiskey, both pot still and single malt. The Whiskey Wankers is a group of students from the east coast... Continue Reading →
So with all the talk of Quarter Cask and A'bunadh convincing so many staunch anti-NAS fanatics I felt like I ought to give this at least a try! Had this dram in the lovely Albanch bar on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Abelour A'bunadh - Batch 47. 60.7% Abv Nose: ripe fruits, strong alcohol presence, raisins,... Continue Reading →
Colour: Amber gold. Nose (without water) : Toasted nuts, nugat, honey comb, hint of raisins. Palate (w/o water): Delicate open, toasted wood, walnut, bourbon sweetness, light sherry influence, Finish (w/o water): beautiful lingering of toasted wood, burnt sugar, slight lingering spice and finally some light sherry notes. ==== Nose (with water): Sweet honeycomb, nut, toasted wood, raisin/sherry completely gone.... Continue Reading →
Non-age statement whiskies are very much a hot topic right now. This is a trend of releasing bottles of whisk(e)y with a fancy name instead of a year statements that has been becoming more and more prevalent with the global boom in whisk(e)y sales. This new/not so new trend, is causing lots of controversy and... Continue Reading →
Today in the 21st century the average person checks at least one form of social media within 15 minutes of waking up in the morning and there are over 890 million daily users of just Facebook alone. This is why all businesses know that to compete in this highly digital world they must have some... Continue Reading →
After spending a weekend in the city of Edinburgh I was pleasantly surprised to see that in a city that boasts no distilleries of its own, every bar has a reasonably priced and varied selection of Scotch whiskies, ranging from small to huge. I had a stark realisation that the bar industry in Scotland was... Continue Reading →