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1661 cocktail bar

1661 cocktail bar

1661 Cocktail Bar   Tucked into a little corner just off Capel Street in the up-and-coming part of North Dublin you’ll find Bar 1661. The bar itself is warm and dark, that kind of warm darkness that only cold Irish nights bring out. There’s no TV, no blasting...
A highland fling

A highland fling

A Highland Fling   Have any of us ever wondered just what a whiskey festival would look like at its inception?   For those of us who have ever visited any festival which has been up and running for a period of time, by and large, everything seems to be going...
Haven in Crosshaven

Haven in Crosshaven

Haven in Crosshaven   In our series of Great Whiskey Bars, we travel to Crosshaven, County Cork, a quaint village on the south bank of the Owenabue estuary just thirty minutes drive from Cork city centre. It’s here in this village with a population of about 2,500...
Innovation in the category

Innovation in the category

Innovation in the category   2018 has been a busy year for the Irish whiskey industry and many exciting things have happened since my last column. The annual Whiskey Live was held in Dublin Castle showcasing many new brands and products, the new Red Spot whiskey...
Biodynamic farming

Biodynamic farming

Biodynamic Farming At a time when the world is looking for sustainable, green and environmentally sound production, farming is at the very core of this movement. In fact, as we have featured before, Bord Bia is promoting sustainable attractiveness worldwide through...
Peated Irish whiskey

Peated Irish whiskey

Peated Irish Whiskey Peated whiskey is the most exciting and under-appreciated opportunity in the Irish whiskey industry at the moment. A rather large statement, you might think, but allow me to explain why. The first peated whisky I ever tasted was the formidable...
As clear as crystal

As clear as crystal

As clear as crystal Enfant terrible or one of the new innovative standard bearers of the Irish whiskey industry?   Mark Reynier’s characteristic bluntness and ability to ruffle feathers both in Scotland and now here in Ireland have set him apart from his...
Have you heard that one?

Have you heard that one?

Have you heard that one? Irish whiskey is booming at the moment. Visitor numbers to distilleries are up, sales are up, and our national spirit is going from strength to strength. That’s all great news, and long may it continue. So, let’s take a look at what makes...
Kieran Keane

Kieran Keane

Kieran Keane In the first of our new mini-series, we learn what it’s like to be on the other side of the bar and get an insight from the bartender’s perspective. To kick off the series we met with Kieran Keane to discuss how he got into the Irish whiskey industry and...
Cork’s patent still’s

Cork’s patent still’s

Cork’s patent still’s THE UNTOLD STORY (PART1) You may not recognise the term “Patent Still”. This technology is far more recognisable when referred to as a Column still, Coffey still or Continuous still. Utilizing industrial revolution era technology,...
Of the land

Of the land

Of the land With so much in the news of late highlighting provenance, terroir, grain prices and the introduction of new crops into the Irish whiskey fold, we spoke with Bobby Miller, head of the Irish Grain Growers group. It was fascinating to get his views, to hear...
Cask influence

Cask influence

Cask Influence Miren Somers explores the role cask influence plays on whiskeys flavour We’ve covered the ingredients and spirit styles, so now it’ s time to talk about my favourite part in the whiskey production process: maturation! If I could have any job in whiskey...
Mixology

Mixology

Mixology   For this issue’s look at Irish whiskey cocktails, we met with Richard Linden, Director of the Dublin Bar Academy. He says “We founded the Dublin Bar Academy in 2012 to give young and aspiring bartenders the training they need to step behind any bar in...
7 Sips – Sip 1

7 Sips – Sip 1

Seven Sips – Sip 1 The first of instalment of our Seven Sips series tracing the changing flavours of Irish whiskey down the centuries Mixologist Chris Hennessy, whiskey writer Fionnán O’Connor, and witch-hunting bishop Richard Ledred discuss the tastes of Irish...
Single grain whiskey

Single grain whiskey

Single Grain Whiskey   Having previously reviewed pot still and malt whiskeys, it seems appropriate to concentrate on grain whiskeys for this article. In Ireland, grain whiskey is usually used as an enhancing component of blends, rather than as a single product...
Slane Distillery Visit

Slane Distillery Visit

Slane Distillery   As the completion of the much anticipated Slane Distillery draws nearer, we were kindly given the opportunity to tour the grounds and granted an interview with Co-Founder Alex Conyngham. Slane Distillery is set to open at the end of August....
Dick Mack’s

Dick Mack’s

Dick Mack’s   As we continue our series on great whiskey bars, Peter White chats with Finn MacDonnell and discusses the history and magic behind this this multi-award winning bar in Dingle, Co. Kerry.egal Definition of Irish Whiskey & its Misconceptions...
A tale of two cities

A tale of two cities

A Tale of Two Cities   Craft  Distilling in Dublin & New York   We know the process well. The milled grain is mashed and then fermented over a period of days. The resulting wash is then distilled to a rarefied state, only to be barrelled up in order to...
Palace pride

Palace pride

Palace Pride   As part of our series on great whiskey bars, we visit the Palace Bar in Dublin and talk to owner Willie Aherne about his pub and his love of Irish whiskey It’s a bright Thursday lunchtime as I make my way down Dublin’s Fleet Street and through the...
Cask cocktail bar

Cask cocktail bar

The cocktail scene in Ireland has seen dramatic developments over the last number of years, particularly in the high-end sector. It’s no longer just Ice Teas, Margaritas and Black Russians. There is now a vast array of original cocktails and fresh takes on old...

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