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Issue 102 - Clear Water

Whisky Magazine Issue 102
March 2012


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Clear Water

Dave muses on why the Giant's Causeway being ripped up was a good thing

We'd stood in the tiny cubicle that serves as Ireland's smallest whiskey bar for a few minutes, but as no-one seemed to have noticed us, we walked through the swinging door into the main bar.

“What do you want?” said the barmaid and, before I could reply, she continued, “were you just in there?” I confirmed the fact, worried by her tone. “Why didn't you ring the bell?” I apologised. “Go back and ring the bell.” We did.

A lovely bell it was too.

She reappears and does a double take. “What do you want?” Er.. a drink would be good. What about a hot whiskey? She smiles and scuttled off to make the Malone's Galtee Inn's famous variation on the theme, with Power's, honey and caramelised orange. We're joined in the cubicle by a racehorse owner from Wiltshire and his buddy, an Irish hotelier. The snug is now very snug. Rain spangles on the windows, cars hiss by on the way to Cork. We settle in for the night.

It was the third day of a filming trip to Ireland for Year 2 of Two days before I had sat on the Giant's Causeway on a throne made of basalt, telling of Bushmills and O'Cathain's County and the tale of how the Scottish giant Benandonner had tramped across the Causeway to try and fight Finn McCool.

Knowing he couldn't conquer a giant in hand to hand combat, Finn's wife disguised him as a baby. When the giant clapped eyes on the enormous ‘baby' in the crib, he turned on his heels and fled home, ripping up the Causeway behind him. ...

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