Every Man Deserves His D.E.W.

Every Man Deserves His D.E.W.

Every man deserves his dew…Tullamore Dew, that is. The new Tullamore Dew Distillery opened its doors and began distilling whiskey in Tullamore, County Offaly In Septemebr 2014. This new state of the art facility would replace the old Tullamore Distillery that closed its doors in 1975. Though the Tullamore Distillery functioned until 1975, distillation on the site actually ceased in 1954. Tullamore Distillery was founded in 1829, and for about 150 years was one of the most successful distilleries in Ireland. They produced pure pot still whiskey in a truly impressive production facility. (11 warehouses, 8 graneries, 4 malting barns, and 4 giant pot stills, not to mention about 100 employees) In 1886, Daniel E. Williams became distillery manager. He stayed on...

Midleton Distillery -Old and New

Midleton Distillery is home to the whiskeys we will be tasting this Thursday at Nektar in New Hope. The distillery in use today is not the one founded in 1825 by the three Murphy Brothers. They bought what was once a wool mill in County Cork from Lord Midleton and converted it into what we know as the Old Midleton Distillery. There, The Murphy brothers installed the world’s largest copper pot still with a capacity of 31,618 gallons. They produced a variety of whiskeys, including Cork Distillery Whiskey (now known as Paddy Whiskey) in the 19th century. Today, the old distillery has been converted into a tourist center. The new Midleton Distillery was constructed next to the old distillery in the early 70’s and is home to many of Ireland’s best...

Irish Whiskey Boom!

Did you know that Irish whiskey is booming right now? Most Irish whiskey that is exported to America is Jameson’s Irish whiskey. About 60-70% of the Irish whiskey sales in the United States is Jameson’s followed very distantly by Bushmills. It is important to note that America is largely responsible for this renaissance in Irish whiskey production. Our market has always been closely tied to Irish whiskey’s successes and failures. Prohibition in the U.S. in the early 20th century hit Irish whiskey hard. In a country of roughly 3 million people, there were about 160 distilleries in Ireland producing about 400 brands of whiskey at the time. That’s about one distillery for every 19,000 people, which is not nearly enough people to sustain that much production. America...

Mash Bills in America

Did you know that mash bills are really only used in American whiskey production? American distilleries refer to the proportions of grains used as their “mash bill”. There are quite a few distinct styles of traditional American Whiskeys. Pennsylvania style ryes traditionally carry over 80% rye in their mash bills. Traditional Maryland style ryes are closer to 60% rye, balancing the mash bill with corn and a small amount of malted barley. (George Washington’s original rye whiskey from Mt. Vernon was 60% rye, 35% corn and 5% malted barley.) Bourbon, called “America’a spirit”, is at least 51% corn and is flavored with either rye or wheat grains and a small amount of malted barley. Corn whiskey is at least 80% corn, usually more. These traditional mash bills grew...

The Priest’s Tipple

The Priest’s Tipple

Did you know that Redbreast 12 year old is sometimes called “the priest’s tipple”? 1920’s Ireland was a time of political turmoil and economic uncertainty. Money was tight and money for fine whiskeys would have been a luxury beyond the means of most. Yet the country’s clergy enjoyed a life of considerable status and comfort so much so that Redbreast became affectionately known as ‘”The Priest’s Bottle” after finding its way into many a church presbytery in Ireland. Clearly, individuals of both spiritual and gastronomic enlightenment.