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Fool’s Gold? Investing in Irish Whiskey Casks

We’re in the middle of a gold rush. A liquid gold rush. From three distilleries on the island of Ireland, to over thirty, and all in the lifetime of my second-hand Renault Laguna. In any gold rush some stand to make a fortune, but most will end up grubbing in the mud, or rushing to […]

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2020: The Year of the Oat

Happy New Year! It’s been six months since my last blog, sorry about that. It’s not that I didn’t have something to say, it’s more that we’ve been rather busy cooking up some Irish whisky. So what did we get up to in 2019 and how will than inform what we do in 2020? Well […]

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The Evolution of Pot Still Irish Whiskey and Other Myths

Earlier this week you may have seen this tweet: Which just might have something to do with a series of blog posts I wrote on the vexed subject of Pot Still Irish, that historic mixed mash bill whiskey that’s been with us since at least the 18th Century. Then again their blog might just be a […]

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The Heritage Grain Project #1

There are a couple of questions I get asked all the time. What is the difference between Irish and Scotch? Why do Irish whiskies all taste the same? Us whiskey snobs can roll our eyes all we want, but those questions are more valid that you first might think. Remember most American’s believe Irish is […]

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Green Day

This week we had a lot of fun running our first ever batch of green malt. What’s that? Simple, it’s barley that has been malted but not dried. Before the process of whisky making was industrialised, farm distillers would malt their own barley and use it fresh. Barley was soaked in water, then laid out […]

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Pot Still Irish: Our Stolen Heritage #3

This is like a box set, welcome to part III, the story so far can be got here and here. Or the pre-title teaser goes like this: In previous episodes we started to build our case exploring how the Technical File for Pot Still Irish Whiskey which underpins the G.I. was drawn up in 2014 […]

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Pot Still Irish: Our Stolen Heritage #2

Here’s a couple of timely questions that are worth exploring, as they tie into our ongoing work at the distillery. Mark Reynier of Waterford Distillery recently asked a couple of pretty fundamental questions that have been taxing me since I read the original draft of the Technical File. What’s the real traditional flavour of Irish […]

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Pot Still Irish: Our Stolen Heritage Part 1

Ah Pot Still Irish whiskey, that historic mix of malted, ummalted barley and other grains that’s uniquely Irish, I mean what’s not to love? Redbreast carries the standard, it’s a bloody fine whiskey, possibly the best Irish out there. Green Spot (along with yellow and red), again Single Pot Still Irish whiskeys and again awesome. […]

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Single Malt Whiskey: steady as she goes

Since 2014 Irish Whiskey has enjoyed the protection of a European Union GI. There’s a rule book or Technical File which lays out how Irish Whiskey (Single Malt, Pot Still Irish, Grain and Blended) is made. We’ll look at all categories in turn, but let’s start with the least controversial, Single Malt. When the GI […]

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2019: The Year of Living Dangerously

Welcome to 2019. We started this adventure back in 2014, it’s taken longer than we initially thought to get here, but here we are; in our new distillery and producing Irish Whisky. With the build out of the way there’ll be more time for coffee and blogging, so expect more blogs, more opinions and more […]

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