When you think of Irish whiskey, there are a few tried and tested names that come to mind: your Jameson’s, Tullamore DEW, Paddy, Redbreast etc. In recent years, I would say that Writers’ Tears has made its way onto that list too. The name alone stands out from the crowd and, thanks to sales in … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Writers’ Tears – Copper Pot
This is our chance to look back at an eventful year and post our top ten whiskies of the year! Well, make that the top ten of whiskies that we have drank this year, not of all whiskies actually released this year, obviously - making this list even more subjective! Well, without further ado... let … Continue reading 2019 Unplugged: Our Top Ten Whiskies Of The Year!
We love the idea of a speakeasy. So imagine how much we liked the idea of a whiskey named after a series of crypts underneath the Christ Church cathedral in Dublin, which were reputed as subterranean drinking dens. Quintessential Brands tells us that this 16 year old single malt Irish whiskey being sold under the … Continue reading Tasting Notes: The Dublin Liberties – Keeper’s Coin
This ominous sounding whiskey has been named after an unmarked alley between Bow Street & James Street in Dublin. As the supporting marketing explains, during the early 1600's many men, women and children met an unpleasant fate on that lane in the Liberties area. This 13 year old single malt has been procured from an … Continue reading Tasting Notes: The Dublin Liberties – Murder Lane
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
If you've seen our last few posts, you will know that we love a whisk(e)y with a story behind it. Not your standard marketing BS though, but an actual history behind the whisky itself. The Green Spot whiskey is no exception. I first became aware of the whiskey due to its entry in Ian Buxton's 101 Whiskies … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Green Spot
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