Whisky Magazine Issue 94
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Iorwerth Griffiths takes us on a tour of God's distilling country
F rom the sunny south coast of Cork to the rugged cliffs of north Antrim a tour taking in the sights of Irish whiskey will take the visitor the length of the island.
Ireland has a lot to offer the whiskey enthusiast: triple and double distilled malts, peated malts, blends, single grain and, the jewel in the crown, Irish Pot Still whiskey. This style of whisky is native to Ireland and is made with a mash of malted and unmalted barley and is a treat not to be missed. Try Redbreast for the pure version but it is also present in significant quantity in blends such as Powers or the Jameson Reserve Collection. Also on the must-do list should be an Irish Coffee and, especially in winter, a hot whiskey.
A warming mix of Irish whiskey, hot water and lemon studded with cloves.
Starting in the south, about 15 miles east of Cork City is the town of Midleton. Here Irish Distillers make their fine range of whiskey: Jameson, Paddy, Powers, Midleton Very Rare and Redbreast.
The modern distillery is not open to the public, however visitors are catered for at the popular Jameson Experience in the Old Midleton Distillery.
The Old Midleton Distillery was decommissioned in the 1970s and replaced by the modern plant which was created to make all of Irish Distillers' whiskeys following the closure of the old distilleries in Dublin as well as Midleton. It is a wonderfully atmospheric place and boasts two bars, a gift shop selling the exclusive 12 Years Old Distillery Reserve and a restaurant se...