Irish drams revived 14th March 2019
Hello, whiskey lovers! I've been away for a while... We have now - as you may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram - moved to Ireland. It's not because of the whiskey, believe it or not!
Thoughts before Whiskey Live 21st November 2018
Last year in late November, after reading all the posts about Whiskey Live on social media, I decided that I would be there this year. I will soon be in Dublin to do some distillery visits, taste some new whiskeys, and do some other tourist stuff before the big event on the 24th.
WOTW - Teeling small batch 25th June 2018
Whiskey making runs in the Teeling family, starting in 1782 when Walter Teeling established a small distillery in the Liberties, Dublin. His descendent John Teeling opened the Cooley distillery in 1989, and in 2012, the Teeling brothers Jack and Stephen moved on from Cooley and launched Teeling whiskey company.
WOTW - Tipperary The Rising 20th June 2018
Tipperary Boutique Distillery is yet another new whiskey distillery to open in Ireland. The future of Irish whiskey is truly exciting! From the info I’ve managed to find so far, Tipperary distillery plans to open next year. Their brand is already alive and kicking though, they have released a few whiskeys, and I came across this one last August in an off-licence shop. I had never heard about the brand or plans of a distillery in Tipperary, and was very curious about this whiskey.
WOTW - West Cork cask strength 13th June 2018
This week we’re going for one of my very favourite whiskeys. If you’ve seen me on Instagram you’ll know this by now – I love the West Cork cask strength whiskey. I love cask strength whiskeys generally because of the nice oily texture they usually (not always) have, and because of the concentration of flavours. I like flavour bombs, and if the ABV is too high, there is always water in the tap to add if it’s too strong.
WOTW - Powers 15-year-old single cask 6th June 2018
We’re back at Midleton distillery, and Powers single pot still whiskey. When we were in Ireland in March, we went to the well renowned Shelbourne bar in Cork city. Nice surprise, they have hundreds of whiskeys, and all of them are Irish if I’m not mistaken.
WOTW - Kilbeggan 8-year-old single grain 28th May 2018
The single grain whiskey from Cooley was formerly named, Greenore, but has been rebranded to Kilbeggan. This 8-year-old has won a gold medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, and it was a winner as soon as it entered my palate.
WOTW - Kilbeggan 21 years old 20th May 2018
Some time ago when I couldn’t sleep, I browsed an online whiskey shop, and decided to order some samples. One of them was the 21-year-old Kilbeggan. I just recently found out that they have released an older Kilbeggan, and of course I was curious about it. I didn’t know what to expect since I haven’t really tasted much of the Cooley brands, although I’ve probably tasted loads of their stock sold to non-distiller whiskey companies.
WOTW - Dingle single malt, Supervalu release 14th May 2018
This is another whiskey that was sent to me while I was in Ireland in March. A very nice limited edition Dingle single malt, matured in bourbon casks and finished in port casks. (or was there even more than one cask?) While the Batch 1 single malt was quite light in flavour (although a VERY nice flavour profile) and therefore didn’t enter my whiskey tasting recently, this special single malt was an unexpected surprise. If I had known about it in time so that I could have bought a few bottles, I would definitely have included this in the tasting.
WOTW - Dublin Liberties Oak devil 6th May 2018
I came across this brand when I started searching for information about Irish whiskey some year ago. The Dublin Liberties whiskey, The Dubliner whiskey, and now Dead Rabbit, are owned by Quintessential Brands (along with many others, I’ve only mentioned the whiskeys here), and a new distillery also named Dublin Liberties will open later this year in – of course – the historical Liberties area in Dublin.
WOTW - Yellow Spot single pot still whiskey 1st May 2018
The Spot whiskeys from Midleton distillery have an interesting history. It started in the late 1800s, when bakery & confectionery business Mitchell & Son expanded the business to also include wine and spirits, and owned a variety of wine casks. They sent casks to the Jameson distillery in Bow street to be filled with fine pot still whiskey, that would then be matured in Mitchell & Son’s warehouse.
WOTW - West Cork Dha Casca single malt 24th April 2018
Dha Casca means “two casks”. I had the privelege to have a sample of this whiskey sent to me some time ago while I was in Ireland, a limited release single malt whiskey from [West Cork Distillers](https://irishdrams.com/west-cork-distillers-innovative-whiskey-makers). It's been matured in Bodega sherry casks, cut to 40%, and then finished in double charred bourbon casks.
WOTW - Method and Madness single grain 16th April 2018
I wrote about Method & Madness in an earlier post, then about the single pot still whiskey. In the series, there is also a single grain whiskey.
WOTW - Jameson Black Barrel, cask strength 9th April 2018
This is one of my favourite Irish whiskeys of all time, and I haven’t even known about it for long! When we were over to Ireland in August, we visited the Midleton distillery to do some browsing in the shop and have lunch. We found a very nice surprise…
WOTW - Dingle single pot still 3rd April 2018
I’ve never wanted a whiskey more than this one. Not because I expected it to be that brilliant whiskey – after all it’s only been matured for three years. It’s rather because it’s the first single pot still whiskey to be produced at a non-Midleton distillery for many, many years, and I think it’s about time that Ireland starts producing more single pot still whiskey again. After all, pot still whiskey is unique to Ireland and something to be proud of.
WOTW – Tullamore DEW Old Bonded Warehouse release 25th March 2018
In August we visited Tullamore and the Tullamore DEW visitor centre. It’s located in one of their old bonded warehouses, and is highly recommended! There’s a little shop and a nice restaurant where you can eat as well as taste their whiskey. In the shop you can also book different tasting experiences if you have more time in Tullamore than we had (we were just passing through).
WOTW - Powers John's Lane 19th March 2018
During the 2000s, Midleton has revived Powers single pot still with some very nice releases. Powers John’s Lane was released in 2011, and it won the “Irish whiskey of the year” award in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2012. Other Powers single pot still whiskeys include the 1817 release, Three swallows, and the Signature release.
WOTW - Glendalough 7-year-old single malt 10th March 2018
Whiskey of the week - Glendalough 7-year-old single malt. Glendalough distillery in Wicklow was set up in 2011, and at the beginning they only made poitín – gin and whiskey came later. They have a very interesting line of poitíns, and botanical gins. This is a small distillery, they only use one still that they use for all distillations.
WOTW - Dingle single malt, batch 1 4th March 2018
The Dingle distillery was one of the first I came across when I started looking for information about irish distilleries. I had been to Dingle once previously but didn’t know about the distillery back then – what a shame! They opened in 2012, by a group of people who owned a craft brewery. The plan has always been quality over quantity, to continue small scale production of a really good whiskey, and the first drops of whiskey were ready in December 2015.
West Cork distillers - innovative whiskey makers 28th February 2018
West Cork distillers - one of the first new independent whiskey distilleries in Ireland for many years, that opened in the early 2000s. In the currently very confusing world of Irish whiskey, I’m so glad to find companies like West Cork Distillers, a nice established distillery – in the heart of the lovely West Cork area – that will make Skibbereen famous for more than the famine.
WOTW: Method and Madness single pot still 18th February 2018
This week we’re heading to county Cork and the Midleton distillery, where Shakespeare has given inspiration to the name of this whiskey range – Method and Madness.
WOTW - West Cork rum cask finish 11th February 2018
This week’s dram is a nice 12-year-old single malt from West Cork Distillers. It’s a sourced whiskey, but has spent time in the West Cork warehouse. It's been matured in first-fill bourbon casks for 12 years, and then finished in rum casks for a shorter period of time. It’s bottled at 43% ABV.
WOTW: Tullamore DEW Phoenix 4th February 2018
Today I’m going to start of Whiskey of the week (WOTW), a weekly feature where I’ll highlight nice drams that I’ve come across. Let's kick off with this fabulous release from Tullamore DEW - the Tullamore DEW Phoenix.
Clonakilty distillery 28th January 2018
Clonakilty distillery plans to open in the autumn of 2018 and have interesting plans for single pot still whiskey. Read more about it here.