Irish Whiskey

Irish Whiskey is the fastest growing Spirit category in the world. The earliest record of Whiskey production in Ireland dates to 1405 -- for those of you who prefer not to do their own counting that’s over 600 years!

The Irishman’s claim to Spirit fame is the single pot still, a style unique to Irish Whiskey, though not the only production method used in Ireland (they make malt and grain Whiskeys too). It's a triple distilled Whiskey, made from a combination of malted and unmalted barley. About a 100 year ago, the British government taxed malted barley, so the Irishmen outsmarted them by using unmalted barley for the distillation. Take that!

Irish Whiskeys have fewer hard and fast rules than some other Spirit families. The majority of them are triple distilled, but not all. The majority are made in a pot still, but not all. The majority are unpeated, but not all. However, Irish Whiskey must be aged for at least three years in wooden casks of a capacity not exceeding 700 liters. The exemplars of Irish Whiskey are light, smooth, yellow, and gold in color with a spicy snap and a backdrop of fresh grain.

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Whiskey producers lose on average about 2% of their stock a year to angels' share. For Jameson, the biggest one of the Irish Whiskey brands, it means 29 thousand bottles going into the air (literally) every day!

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.

In the U.S., Irish Whiskey sales have jumped by over 500% since 2002. It’s the fastest growing category in the Spirits industry. There’s some news to raise your glass to.

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