This is a story of firsts. Or at least, the firsts in a long time. The whiskey 'The Gael' represents the first release by the 'J.J. Corry' brand of The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company, the first licensed Irish whiskey bonders "in living memory". Let's unpack that statement. Firstly, whiskey bonding, is the traditional art … Continue reading Tasting Notes: J.J. Corry – The Gael
Over the last couple of years, Irish whiskey has seen something of a renaissance but, all in all, with the same major players still dominating the scene. Method and Madness is a new name in that scene but from an old face. The new micro-distillery has been set up by the team at County Cork’s … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Method & Madness – Virgin Hungarian Oak
Tasted as part of the recent Dram Team subscription package, this whiskey is actually only readily available as a travel retail bottling from Tullamore DEW - or “Tully” as their fans more often refer to it. What this “Special Reserve” contains is a blended batch of pot still, malt and grain whiskies that have been … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Tullamore DEW – Special Reserve 12 Years Old
Released by West Cork Distillers, The Pogues Irish Whiskey is a blended whiskey that has been matured in oak barrels for just three years and one day (i.e. exactly as long as needed to technically call it "whiskey"). The packaging notes that the whiskey is "bottled by West Cork Distillers", but being a blend and … Continue reading Tasting Notes: The Pogues Irish Whiskey
Crafted at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Redbreast is recognised worldwide as the flag bearer of Irish pot still whiskey. The 12 years old expression is the brand's staple release and the distinctive squat green bottle with its red and gold packaging can be seen adorning the shelves of any well stocked pub, bar … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Redbreast – 12 Years Old
...and it has said "Ho ta lah!" - or at least that's the closest phonetic spelling I can find for the Taiwanese equivalent to cheers! Yes, the World Whisky Awards for 2015 were held recently to determine the best whiskies in the world across a multitude of categories and they have awarded their top … Continue reading The world has spoken in 2015…
As we approach 18th Sept 2014, the debate rages on throughout Scotland and the UK about whether or not the Scots should vote for Scottish independence. For whisky drinkers, this mirrors one question that has often considered too: do I stick to just scotch whisky or not? The answer is that only you can really … Continue reading Whisky: Scotch Independence?