Nick Brown wrote:Bushmills has rather too much orange on the label - I much prefer Powers.
It's known in some quarters as Bush red label rather than White Bush due to the labelling.
I suppose one could
consider that little stripe to be orange though.
Even so, it's a very odd reason to reject a whiskey out of hand.
do hope that was what you were referring to, though.
While I would be the first to admit that Bushmills village is a very Loyalist place, I really don't think that is relevant in the slightest to the quality of the whiskey produced there.
The owners of the company are Diageo, who also own many Scotch firms and distilleries.
The whiskey itself is marketed as Irish whiskey. And the distillery works seven days a week and warmly welcomes visitors from all over the world with the same cheery welcome.
I know many people do prefer Powers due to its pot still character or because it's what they grew up with.
Those are fair reasons for a preference. The colour of the label is not, to my mind, and the political opinions of the workers making it is definitely not.
The days of Protestant whiskey and Catholic whiskey are behind us in Ireland.
These days we have a decimated industry (destroyed in the North by our Scotch brethren, and in the South by tarriffs and short-sighted state policy), and it is indisputable that both Bushmills and Midleton led the way in keeping any semblance of a once thriving industry (bigger than Scotch and much better respected well into the 20th century) alive.
I'm just pleased both are still with us, and pay tribute to the work done at Midleton in preserving such a bewildering array of heritage drams like Powers.
And I look forward to the spirit flowing from Kilbeggan and of course the Porterhouse distillery planned for Dingle.
I don't care if they have Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims or Satanists distilling at any of them.
I just want what's left of our Irish distilling industry to grow in ever-increasing volume, variety and quality, as it has in recent times.
I think all true fans of Irish whiskey would think likewise.