I'm confused how can something be distilled 2.25 times... Oh well
Anyway back to Bullies scurllious comment
(just joking). And Aidan is spot on.....
That is too broad a comment to make in regards Irish whiskey and totally incorrect. What you are refering to there is pure pot still and there is no magic ratio but I can understand the confusion.
Some comparisons on this forum were referring to Scotch and Irish malts. Why is Irish malt so different even from lowland tripple distilled malt? , was one of the questions posed. There are many Irish malts therefore saying that they use unmalted barley and that's why Irish is different does not hold sway(malt is malt). Also cooley produce a lot of double distilled malt but it is still retains a real irish feel even some of the peated versions although some have been likened to Scotch as well. So the conumdrum is why Irsih is so different, it is not usage of ingredients and it is also not tripple distillation (imho). This is a question I cannot answer unfortunately.
However there is another question which arises from these discussions. Why have a single minded view to Irish whiskey.
I put it down to the major slump at the turn of the last century and the merger of Jameson, Paddy & powers into Irish Distillers aand the opening of Midelton New Distillery in the early 70's. This was survival but damaged Irish whiskey in a way as they concentrated on blends.
From the 70s -90's the majority of midelton's bottled output was blended Irish whiskey. However they also produced large amounts of pure potstill but the majority of this was used in blends like Powers, Jameson, Jameson21yo etc. They only produced Greenspot and Redbreast on a limited basis and at the time were the only 2 pure potstills available.
It's sister distillery Bushmills produced mailny malts but also produced blends the likes of reg Bushmills, Blackbush and 1608(with grain whiskey from midleton). However pretty much anything with an age statement is a malt at Bushmills.
Then Cooley came along in 1987 and by the late 90's started bringing out various different brands. I would reckon the Majority of Cooley brands are Malts and they seem to concentrate on single Malts Just like Bushmills. So out of 3 distilleries in Ireland 2 are mainly malt producers. This may sound pathetic but these irish distilleries can produce far more expressions than your average scottish distillery choses to do.
Eventhough Jameson regular (blend), volume wise, out strips any irish whiskey by a country mile this is only one expression of Irish whiskey. Take a look at the shelf of a good Irish whiskey stockist you'll find that nearly half of the expressions are single malts.
In my collection I have 115 different expressions of Irish whiskey.
57 are blends 49 are single malts and 8 are pure pot stills.
Below is a list of expressions which are in regular production.
Blackbush, Bushmills reg, Clontarf Black, Clontarf Reserve, Dunphy's, Feckn Irish, Hewitt's, Innishowen, Jameson reg, Jameson 12, Jameson 18, Kilbeggan, Lockes, Merry's, MidletonVR, Millars, Powers, Powers 12, Paddy, Tullamore Dew, Tullamore Dew 12,
Bush 10, Bush 16, Bush 21, Bushmills Single Cask(various) Clonmel, Clonmel 8, Clontarf, Connemara reg, Connemara CS, Connemara 12, Knappogue, Locke's 8, Merry's, Magilligan, Magilligan 8, Clonmel 8, Tyrconnell.
I hope people can start looking at Irish in a different way, it is far more interesting than it's given credit for. I just want to try and Educate all you malt maniacs
Some of my favourites are blends and I would chose them over a single malt (Scotch, Irish or other wise) at the drop of a hat. A good whiskey is a good whiskey at the end of the day.
My favourites at te moment (and it does change) is Redbreast 15yo and Talsiker 10yo .... oh i could start now ... yummm