Pure Pot Head wrote:
and it is unusual to get sherry flavours in Irish whiskey
Strange comment - Jameson has always been noted for it's sherry content. They actually own the sherry casks and lease them to the Antoino Paez bodega and oversee the usage prior to using them for Jameson. Jameosn 18year is almost 90% sherry cask, Jameson 12 is about 65% sherry cask. Jameson NAS is about 33% sherry cask.
Yes I agree ... Irish has always had a long association with the sherried finish and as you say Jameson have total control over their sherry casks.
Aidan wrote:Bushmills say they are the oldest licensed distillery in the world, because the area (a very broad area) in which the distillery was granted a license to distill in 1608. However, the distillery wasn't there at the time - It started distilling there over 170 years later.
By their reasoning, if I built a distillery in the same area, I could say my distillery dates from 1608.
Kilbeggan is the oldest whiskey distillery in the world, I believe, now that it's operating again.
I think the "oldest licensed distillery" came into being when Kilbeggan opened as a museum back in the 80's. Kilbeggan were rightly claiming that they were the oldest distillery in the world and it had nothing to do with whiskey at the time but as a selling point for the museum. The fact it was not producing whiskey was immaterial it was still a distillery
. Bushmills then decided to claim they held the oldest licence and that was from 1784 not 1608. However as perter Mulryan's book on Bushmills reveals there is actual no direct link with Bushmills today and a licenced distillery that started in 1784. All this marketing balloney just gets in the way of what is really important and that is the whiskey
In relation to the whiskey all I can say is that Blackbush is one of the finest blends on the market. I will also say that the regular White Bush has improved greatly in the last few years imo but lets not get carried away as it still is very much a bog standard blend.
I like the new packaging by the way
Probably will be rolled out to the Malts next year