Pure Pot Head wrote:
I was really fortunate to be part of a tour of the Midleton Distillery recently and the guys opened a cask of 18yr old pot still. It was sensational. When you talk to the distillers they have no problem letting people into their world but they're just completely up to their eyeballs keeping the show on the road when Jameson is exploding (which is great in itself, let's be thankful for that). I think we'll see more engagement but it's more a matter of time and space to step off this roller coaster of a booming world wide demand for the main lines than any philosophical secretiveness. Maybe the CSW thing is a sign of more effort towards the whisky enthusiasts. Fingers crossed the best is yet to come.
Pure Pot Head
Pure Pot Head wrote:Hi Aidan,
And therein lies the opportunity for IDL to open up a bit more to the more inquisitive among us. When volumes were rampaging faster than their physical ability to match production needs things were particularly frenetic, although I believe they're still forging ahead at full speed. You sound like a real enthusiast and getting to visit the plant should not be a problem if you go through the channels. Are you part of a whiskey club or society?
Pure Pot Head
michael Foggarty wrote:ye the big news is it will be in a box, which should mean we can charge about 50 grand a bottle
Alan Gold Label wrote:Maybe it'd have a better profile if IDL with looking after it? After all, what can one shop do for it!
I was under the impression that Greenspot is under IDL control now too
michael Foggarty wrote:Apologies
Mitchells (like ourselves) have a wholesale team who sell all over Ireland(Republic) but they choose not to sell Greenspot to others. IDL do actually sell the brand in other parts of Ireland, IWC might have seen it in Galway etc
A sample of the new Midleton Single Cask PPS arrived to day so will hope to try it tomorrow, i think its 14 years old(but dont hold me to that)
michael Foggarty wrote:Bull & Castle, Ryan of Parkgate Street, Nancy Hands of Parkgate Street, All the Porterhouse(except "North"), Bowes, The Palace, Temple Bar, Vat House, O'Niells, Nearys, McDaids, Bruxelles, Jack Nealons, Brooks Hotel and probably every other 4/5 star hotel. To name a few
Pure Pot Head wrote:Get down to the Old Jameson Dstillery, but a couple of bottles of Distillery Reserve and get them to put '"Fragrance of Concepta" on the label, it costs about â‚¬55 a bottle including the personalised naming, organise corkage with the hotel, and order a round of 'Jameson Fragrance of Concepta' for everyone and pass around the bottle and they will love you forever.
Plus it's a fab whiskey. Won gold at the Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival even though it's not meant to be let out of Ireland.
Pure Pot Head
centrefire wrote:Can Firewallxl5 say which Scottish distillery has produced Malt Whiskey in column stills? It could be done, but the continuous still strips too much of the malt flavour for malt wash which would be somewhat counterproductive. But I will look into it. Would be interesting to taste it.
Can Aiden say where in Scotland lowlands whiskey was made from malted barley and unmalted grains. Never heard of that, will check it out on getting name of distillery.
Curiously enough, I was flipping through Charles MacLean's history on Scotch whisky the other night and he mentioned that, aside from all the Scottish stuff that was dubiously run through Irish customs houses and then shipped out as Scotch, there were a few genuine expressions of Pure Pot Still whiskey made in the lowlands by distillers trying to meet the demand for the drink back in its 1860s heyday. Specifically, Caledonian, which at the time was the second largest column still grain distillery in Scotland, installed two pot stills in 1867 specifically for the production of PPS whiskey from a mixed malted and unmalted mash etc. Even before that time, it seems to have been quite common in the lowlands during the late 1700s to have used mixed mashes in their stills. In "The Wealth of Nations" for example, Scotland's own Adam Smith talks about the lowland industry by remarking that "In what one called malt spirits, it [malt] makes but a third part of the materials; the other two thirds being raw barley or one third barley and one third wheat." I remember hearing that the original Irish PPS whiskeys sometimes used other grains than barley in the unmalted section of the mash which seems rather similar to Smith's description.