Whisky Magazine Issue 137
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The Irish are coming
At the time of writing the UK has voted to leave the European Union, but a frequently heard question in Ireland is, "What has Europe ever done for us?" Were this asked from an Irish perspective I could confidently answer "The roads". In this fertile time for Irish whiskey distillery start ups, I have travelled the length and breadth of the country attending ribbon cuttings, sod turnings, still blessings and first spirit runnings. Barely a month passes without occasion to hit the road and join in the excitement of milestone events in the history of Ireland's fledgling distilleries. Most of these distilleries are outside Dublin, many in old estates, which in the past would have been a challenge to reach in a timely fashion. Mercifully the country is now ribboned with efficient bypasses, resplendent in tarmacadam, each festooned with
the starry ensign of the EU and a reminder of their investment in eradicating delays from the travelling lives of each of its citizens.
M1 Belfast to Dublin
Bushmills is the true constant of the north, turning out fruity tripled distilled malts and some iconic blends. Acquired by Jose Cuervo last year, they hoved back into view earlier this year with their first new whiskey release since 2008, Steamship, a whiskey matured exclusively in first fill Oloroso sherry butts. Despite Bushmills lengthy history, the provinces first licence to distill was only granted to Shane Braniff in 2012. As the Northern Irish First Minister pointed out at the commiss...