Irish Whiskey Club
We don’t think you need an excuse to sip the fine spirits of the Emerald Isle, but in case you do, here’s one…
There’s a certain selection of twelve fine Irish Whiskeys awaiting your favor. We’ve hand-selected them to create an experience, and an accomplishment, like few others. Taste all twelve and you’ll not only gain Irish Whiskey sophistication, but your name will be forever recorded on our wall and you’ll get the distinction of a fine black polo awarded only to those who complete our tasting tour. Be ready for some questions if you wear it though – our guests are likely to recognize wearers of the Irish Whiskey Club polo as the expert you are.
The Tasting Tour
Before some finer points about Irish Whiskey, here’s what you can expect on your own tasting tour:
- Redbreast 12 year
- Jameson 12 year
- Jameson 18 year
- Michael Collins
- Bushmills Black Bush
Please note, we do ask you limit your tastings to 4 whiskeys per visit.
A Little About Our Fine Irish Whiskeys
First, you’ll note that Irish Whiskeys include the “e” in “whiskey” – a common spelling in the United States and Ireland. Our Canadian neighbors and the Scottish tend to leave the “e” out of the equation, making their varieties to be known as “whisky.” Second, did you know that the word “whiskey” itself comes from the old Gaelic “uisce beatha” meaning water of life? ‘Tis true and that means the Irish are certainly the ones that gave whiskey, in all its present forms, to the rest of the world.
Those four main styles: Irish Whiskey, Scotch Whisky, Canadian Whisky and our American versions of whiskey called Bourbon, Rye, or Tennessee whiskey. All are generally made the same way, but some interesting characteristics set the Irish whiskeys apart from all the rest – particularly their Scotch counterparts which often get compared.
For starters, Scotch whisky uses malted barley exclusively in their stills whereas the Irish use both un-malted and malted barley to provide broader, interesting flavor ranges.
Perhaps the most notable flavor difference comes from how the Irish dry their malted barley. It is dried in kilns rather than the Scotch method of using peat fires to instill the smokey flavor of many popular Scotches. This lets the natural flavor and depth of the whiskey come through without the added smoke which can overshadow some of its subtleties.
Irish whiskey tends to be higher in alcohol content – which many of us say only enhances its medicinal qualities. The reason for this is Irish whiskey is usually triple distilled to increase the purity and smoothness of the spirit. Each turn through the still makes the finished product more pure and of a higher quality while also increasing its strength.
Paddy O’Quigley’s carries many favored and popular fine Scotches in addition to a wide selection of Irish Whiskeys. If you’d like to taste the difference for yourself, we can pour you a glass of each.