5 Great Irish Whiskey Myths Debunked

Irish Whiskey has been around just as long as Scotch, but some myths have cropped up that we at Flaviar would like to put an end to. 
Okay, full disclosure, some of these are made up, but some are true! Can you guess which? Hint: Leprechauns don’t exist.

1. The gold at the end of the rainbow is actually Whiskey

Everyone thinks it’s gold but it’s actually Whiskey that leprechauns hide at the end of the rainbow. That’s why the Irish drink so much; it’s readily available every time it stops raining and is just lying around for the taking. And it rains A LOT in Ireland.

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2. It tastes better in coffee

Let’s be honest, the Irish love to drink (I can say that with confidence because I am Irish). As such, they add alcohol to everything, or at least the world would have us believe that, considering most things suddenly get labelled “Irish” once a drop of the good stuff has been added. The same goes for coffee.

But many people seem to believe that Irish Whiskey tastes better with coffee. Which of course is just not true, and anyone who tells you this clearly hasn’t tasted an excellent Irish Whiskey. In the spirit of the Irish, tell them to “wind their neck in” (I promise this is much more threatening in Ireland).


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3. Ireland once ran out of Whiskey and went into a period of national mourning

There was a dark period in Irish history where the entire island ran out of Whiskey for about a week. They even briefly paused their feud with the English to ask if they could have some but the request was denied due to the English being a shower of bastards (no offense to any English people reading this, we love you now!).

A time of mourning was had for all the craic and banter the Irish were missing out on. After a week someone found a barrel of Jameson they’d forgotten about and the country erupted into euphoria. No work was done for at least two weeks after the discovery. Some say the economy is still recovering today.

 After a week someone found a barrel of Jameson they?d forgotten about and the country erupted into euphoria! - Photo: Pixabay/rmac8oppo

4. Scotch came first

This is a genuine myth that is very commonly believed across the world. Both countries have been producing Whiskey for the same amount of time and there is evidence to suggest that it originated in Ireland and then moved over to Scotland.

This kind of information could be deadly in the Whiskey industry however, as we all know how protective the Scottish are of their precious “Whisky”. It might even ignite a war unlike any seen in either country. The only thing that can unite us all now is our collective hatred of the English (again, just kidding, we all love the English really!).

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5. Jameson is Catholic and Bushmills is Protestant

The Holiest of all spirits, Whiskey has been imbued with religious qualities in Ireland, where Jameson is Catholic and Bushmills is Protestant. So not only has Whiskey become religious, but it has also organised itself into two sects of the same religion. Powerful stuff that Irish Whiskey.

This is an actual myth that is often talked about in Ireland, and stems from the slight “disagreement” Catholics and Protestants have had in the North of the country for a long time. Ultimately there’s not a lot to it, other than Bushmills is made in Nothern Ireland and Jameson in the South.
P.S. If you’re struggling, the true myths are 2, 4 and 5.


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By Greg


Greg is a brand strategy consultant, writer, speaker, host and judge specialising in premium spirits. His mission is to experience, share and inspire with everything great about Whisky, Whiskey, Gin, Beer and fine dining through his website, GreatDrams.com, writing, brand building and whisky tastings.



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