Irish Whiskey

Irish Whiskey

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I made a mistake in thinking that Irish Whiskey was the same thing as Scotch, except that it was made in Ireland and not Scotland.  This was quite foolish of me.  That would be like saying white wine and red wine are the same because they are both produced in Italy.  Wow did I have a lot to learn, and I am still learning.

Thanks to my good friends at Flaviar, they created a great tasting pack which really opened my eyes.  I can’t say enough good things about this monthly subscription service except I am angry they were not around at least 10 years earlier when I was still drinking every new type of vodka that came out on to the market.   Picture life in black and white, then imagine it in living color when it comes to spirits.

This brings me to Irish Whiskey.  What I never liked about the Scotch was the smoke and peat taste.  Some love it, I don’t, which is why you will always seem me looking at bourbon or rye.  However, Irish whiskey is so incredibly smooth, its a perfect break from the heavy sweet or spicy tastes of American whiskey and the smoke of Scotch.

Green Spot was first produced but by the 1920’s Mitchell & Son had bottled over 100 Sherry casks of Whiskey per year.  It is aged from 7 to 10 years. The Whiskey has been matured in new casks and ex-Bourbon barrels, as well as the ones that contained Sherry.

Teeling Single Grain is a new company founded in 2012.  They blend, age and bottle whiskey from different sources much in the form of Scottish independent bottlers. And that is the reason why we are so fond of their work. Not only are they the first ones to open a new distillery in Dublin in decades with a new style, they age the whiskey in ex-Cabernet Sauvignon wine casks (not in ex-Bourbon barrels), it’s predominantly corn grain based which gives it a neat, sweetened character somewhat reminiscent of bourbon with no chill filtration was used so all the natural flavors are preserved.

Glendalough Poitin is a small craft distillery that really harness the roots of whiskey.  It is made from sugar beet and malted barley.  Invented by  Irish Monks, potion is the first spirit ever distilled according to some records.  Traditionally it is distilled in a small pot still made from malted barley, treacle, potatoes, sugar beet or wheat.  It was outlawed in 1661 by King Charles II.  It had then spent the past four centuries in remoteness and became a thing of bootleggers and moonshiners.  This true Irish spirit is a real living fossil in the spirits World!

Uisce Beatha  is ancient Gaelic for water of life, is a blend of single malt and single grain whiskey that was matured in casks that held Bourbon before.

Knappogue Castle is a single malt distilled at Bushmills in 1995, matured in ex-Bourbon casks and bottled in 2008.

Tasting whiskey like this allows you a nice break or “breather” from the bourbon and rye I typically drink regularly and open up my taste buds and senses to something new and quite tasty.

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