The Irish may have been the first distillers in the British Isles and, for a brief period in the 19th century, Irish whiskey reigned supreme over its Scottish rival. Boom was followed by bust – and near extinction – but today the good times are back, with distilleries popping up all over the Emerald Isle.
This evening our host Zak Newmarch from Pernod Ricard will be showcasing the following Irish whiskies:
Redbreast 12yr & 15yr: One of the most decorated Irish whiskeys, Redbreast is the largest selling Single Pot Still Irish whiskey in the world and is regarded as the definitive expression of traditional Pot Still whiskey.
Yellow Spot: A 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. Only extremely limited quantities of Yellow Spot have been bottled making it a whiskey to seek out and savour as a true rarity.
Green Spot: A non age statement Pot Still Irish whiskey and is comprised of Pot Still whiskeys aged between 7 and 10 years. Again, only small quantities of Green Spot are bottled each year making it a rare and much sought after delight.
Powers John's Lane 12yr: A single pot still incarnation of Powers whisky, named for the now-defunct old Powers distillery. This is a very classy whiskey made using a combination of bourbon and oloroso-sherry-cask-matured spirit.
Method of Madness - Single Pot Still - A whisky aged in chestnut wood but also spends time in bourbon and sherry casks, adding layers of Christmas spices and tropical fruit.