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we have seemed to be getting into talking about specific brands, and specific regions... i thought it would be good to place all tastings under one umbrella,

here are some from my upcoming irish whiskey tasting tonight....

first. a brief history of irish whiskey.........

A brief history of Irish Whiskey
The art of distilling is believed to have been brought to Europe through Irish missionary monks. The oldest licensed whisky distillery in the world, Bushmills, lies in Northern Ireland and received its license by Jacob VI in 1608.
Irish whiskey was immensely popular in Britain during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. In 1779 an astonishing 1200 distilleries existed on Ireland, and most of them were unlicensed. The many illicit distilleries soon forced the government into action and a period of tax raises and increased awareness by government officials followed. In 1822 only 20 legal distilleries existed and the number of illegal distilleries had been reduced to about 800.

The number of distilleries was further reduced due to the Total Abstinence Movement which was inaugurated in 1838 by Father Theobald Mathew. The movement created an increased competition between the many Irish distilleries which resulted in continued growth for the larger companies at the expense of the smaller distilleries who often had to shut down. The families Jameson and Powers from Dublin were among the most successful and managed to continuously expand their businesses.

In spite of the problems at home, Irish whiskey was by 1900 the leading strong spirit in Britain. Large quantities were also exported to the West Indies and to the US market. It would take two major setbacks working together with the abstinence movement to break the success of the Irish whisky industry; the introduction of Scotch blended whisky and the US Prohibition. When the Prohibition finally was over, the damaged Irish whisky industry could not produce the volumes needed by the awakened US market. Because of the development of continuous distillation in Scotland, their new blended whisky could easily meet the increased demand and the Scottish whisky industry boomed.

In the early 1960s the export of Irish whiskey was virtually nonexistent and survival seemed threatened and in 1966 three of the remaining distilleries, John Powers & Sons, John Jameson & Sons and Cork Distillery joined forces in a new company called the Irish Distillers IDL.
In 1975 the new company moved all its production to a new £9 million distillery, Midleton which was built behind the old Midleton Distillery.

IDL would not remain in Irish hands for long and Seagram’s bought both IDL and Bushmills - the last remaining independent distillery on Ireland. Initially Seagram’s kept production active at the Bushmills, Midleton and Coleraine distilleries although Coleraine was put to rest in 1978. The remaining two distilleries Bushmills and Midleton produced 15 whiskey brands, 4 vodka brands, two gin brands and one rum brand. Although this does not sound so bad, the Irish whisky industry now held only one percent of the global whisky market.

Seagram’s unhappy with their investment, started getting rid of some of their shares in the late 1980s. The French company Pernod Ricard seized the opportunity and bought the remainder of Seagram’s shares for £4.5 million. Pernod Ricard remained Ireland’s only whisky producer until 1987 when John Teeling founded the Cooley Distillery – currently Ireland’s only independent Irish whisky distillery, producing; Greenore, Kilbeggan, Connemara, Tyrconnell and specialties such as Locke’s, Inishowen and Millars.

and our tasting info for tonights session....

Tasting Notes

Greenore 8 yrs old Single Grain Irish Whiskey matured in bourbon oak casks.
Nose Clean light grain, with honey & oak characters
Palate Silky smooth & mellow with a honey start combined with fresh almonds & spices
Finish Warm honey taste lingering in the mouth with a dry & spicy finish
Comment Gold Medal winner at the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2004, & best in category 2005

Bushmills 10 yrs old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, matured in bourbon oak casks.
Nose Sweet & spicy, with vanilla & honey, subtle hints of liquorice & herbs, fresh with hints of nuts & cake.
Palate Nicely malted soft clover aroma, a nice bite mid-palate.
Finish Softly dry finish
Comment In 2006 the New York Times rated this the best Irish Whiskey

Redbreast 12 years old Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey, matured in bourbon & sherry casks.
Nose Powerful, with malt coming through a hint of sherry.
Palate Assertive & complex, malt & pepper, with sherry notes.
Finish Very long, spicy, with honey & fudge character.
Comment Winner of Double Gold at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Connemara Cask Strength at 57.9% alcohol Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey matured in oak casks.
Nose Strong concentrated aroma of peat
Palate Strong aggressive start with a peat surge in the middle, then aromas explode in your mouth (fruits, spices, pepper & chocolate) to give a truly complex taste.
Finish Long with peat clinging to every crevice in the mouth while remaining sweet and glorious.
Comment Silver Medal winner at the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2005 & 2006, & Gold Medal winner in 2000 & 2004

and not to spam, but if any of you fine tribe folk are interested in our whiskey tasting tonight(mar 31), then best bet is to come on down to fynns(489 king west) at 7 and see if there are still seats available... usually about 20 people cancel so there might be room(right now its at 95 peeps)

4 whiskeys plus 4 food pairings, for $40-50.

anyways .... i love rum :) im a huge fan of appletons, and been down to the distillery and been on the appleton express, go if you have the chance
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glitch are you / did you go to this one????

let me know what you think if you did!

i will post some pictures when i get home..


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Ya I made it out, particularly enjoyed the Greenore and Redbreast. The Connemara Cask Strength wasn't nearly as peaty as I thought and was enjoyable in its own right. For the most part tho, I didn't care for the food pairings...I would have preferred more whiskey!


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lol you should have said hi!! as for the food pairings, the chef didnt get them right at all. I think though overall the impression ofthe food was good. Its tough to get all fancy with 100 people at a pub, and do it well. Keep the food good and simple, and efficient, and you can really have a goodtime... one note i had was people were good up until that last shot of the connemara cask strength, that definately was the shot that fucked people up :)

where were you sitting, were you with the guys cheering by the bar??? or off somewhere else????

the next one by the way willbe a wine tasting this month, and another scotch tasting in may...

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we were in the back w/ the couch. I was amazed that there wasn't more simple Irish fare for food...

re: saying hi. i don't know what you look like nor what your name is and i didn't want to out your tribe alias at your work ;)