Whisky Magazine Issue 96
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It is always good to be back in Ireland, to return to the cradle of so many things that we often take for granted: distilling, Christianity, EU funding and that elusive craic.
Despite the recent economic downturn that has hit the country there seems to be a glimmer of hope, certainly in the distilling and hospitality industries. With the recent announcement from Irish Distillers that it is to revitalise that most Irish of whiskey styles, single pot still, by releasing two new expressions a year, and the purchase of Tullamore Dew by William Grant & Sons, it is easy to speculate that this once great whiskey nation is due to rise again.
Personally I do hope it happens. Having travelled from the northern outpost of Bushmills to the big three in the south there is a passion for the liquid, the distilling methods and the heritage it was all born out of. It is just a shame it has taken the public and the drinker so long to realise the gems that can be found here.
The push to bring Irish whiskey back from being a quiet interesting aside to Scotch, even with a unique style, is being lead by various quarters. The distillers themselves have found new passion and vigour. Cooley, with its visionary distiller/innovation manager, is beginning to play with mashbills, finishes and distillation times; IDL is bringing pot still back to life; we can expect big things from Grants with Tullamore (the company clearly buys with the view to expand); and finally Bushmills is carrying on its cross b...