Maybe someone out there knows something about this. I was reading up on Guinness history today (all whiskey lovers should love Guinness - the ultimate whiskey chaser!). It seems that Arthur 2nd began to incorporate unmated barley in 1799. This was because the 'government' had begun imposing a tax on the malt and oats but not the alcohol. And hence Guinness as we know it was born.
Now I know that for the same reasons, the Dublin distilleries where the revenue could keep an eye on things as opposed to out in the country similarly had begun the practice of including unmalted barley and hence one of the key attributes of the large Dublin whiskies was established. Pure Pot Still whiskey rather than malt only whiskey or malt with other grains.
Now, to my question. There is a bit of a story in Dublin that Arthur 1st Guinness and John Jameson were great friends. In fact, when Arthur Guiness got married in St Mary's Church, now a bar/nightclub appropriately!), John Jameson's brother or cousin was the minister (who's headstone is on the wall there still). The story goes that it was John Jameson who taught Arthur Guinness how to improve his beer (as the guys at Jameson maintain!) but now I think it might have been more in terms of business advice concerning taxation if there's any truth in it at all. The dates certainly correlate as does the link with The Church. Does anyone else have any light to throw on this tale?
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