5 Leaf Shamrock

5 Leaf Shamrock

5 Leaf Shamrock


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What’s luckier than Three leaf shamrock? A Five leaf Shamrock.
 
Here’s round two for the Irish Fighters. It’s been a while since our Whiskey in the Jar'ow pack, our first tribute to Irish Whiskey. But there was so much Irish Whiskey waiting around for us to savour that we just had to return to the land where Leprechauns search for Gold at the end of the Rainbow.
 
Éire or Ireland is in fact the birthplace of Whiskey. Uisge Beatha, as they first named it, was supposedly created by monks who brought the technique of distilling perfumes from the Mediterranean back to Ireland more than a Thousand years ago. That’s a millenium of Whiskey (r)evolution in Ireland, which, for some reason, sank into oblivion in a few short decades.
 
What happened? Well, in the beginning of the 20th century, Ireland was enveloped in a Civil War (breaking away from the Commonwealth) and suddenly the British didn't like the Irish no-more, to put it mildly. Nor did they like their Whiskey. The Irish weren’t too concerned, they saw the Yankees as their next big drinking companions. Unfortunately, The Prohibition was enforced on the other side of the Atlantic. Soon tens of distilleries went out of business and only 4 of them survived the bootlegging era. As luck would have it though, Irish Whiskey are coming back with guns blazing.
 
And the bell goes off! From Single Grain to a Pot Still, unique in the Whiskey World. Then Poitin, the first recorded moonshine in history, moving on to a player from the Blended field, and of course a Single Malt to finish this selection of greatness. After all, a 5 leaf Shamrock is indeed luckier than a 3 leaf shamrock.

Sláinte!

Trivia & SmartAss Corner: 
 
1) There are many Irish Whiskey varieties: grain Whiskey, which is mostly derived from corn, malted barley pot-still-distilled, and ‘pure pot-still’ or ‘single pot still’ as it is now officially known - a combination of malted and un-malted ‘green’ barley distilled in copper pot stills). Then there is Poitin one of the first spirits ever made, that started the legend of Irish Whiskey and of course Single malt which was Irish once but is now associated with Scotland usually. Irish distillers use unmalted barley for less pronounced biscuit flavours. Irish Whiskeys tend to be super-smooth, well balanced and finish with a pleasant freshness. 
 
2) Irish Whiskey became the most prominent Whiskey and most popular spirit  in the 19th century because of the outbreak of phylloxera and the total devastation of Cognac production in France.
 
3) Irish Whiskey was highly appraised throughout the centuries so it is no wonder that Queen Elizabeth I and Czar Peter the Great were big fans of this famous drop.
 
4) Only Irish Coffee provides all main essential food groups in one sip: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. The recipe for it is quite simple: 1 cup freshly brewed strong coffee, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, a portion of Irish Whiskey and heavy cream, slightly whipped and carefully poured over the top. 
 
5) After it was outlawed by King Charles II in 1661 Poitin became one of the first moonshines known to mankind, it became legal again just in 2008 in Ireland.
 
6) For foodies, Colcannon (from cál ceannann, meaning “white-headed cabbage”) is a traditional Irish dish mainly consisting of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage. 
 
7) According to legend St. Patrick, the primary patron to the Island of Ireland, used a three leaf Shamrock for a metaphor of Holy Trinity when he brought christianity to Ireland back in the 5th century. However the Shamrock already had various meanings in pagan religion, and the number three was sacred long before the Holy Trinity left its mark on the island of Eire.
 
 

 

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There are many Irish Whiskey varieties: grain Whiskey, malted barley pot-still-distilled, and ‘pure pot-still’ or ‘single pot still’ as it is now officially known. Then there is Poitin, one of the first spirits ever made.

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