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Irish Whiskey Review - The Definitive Guide to all things Whisky, Scotch, Bourbon NOT just Irish!

Irish Whiskey Review - The Definitive Guide to all things Whisky, Scotch, Bourbon NOT just Irish!

By Marty & Justin
Marty McAuley and Justin Macartney talk whisky. Join us on our other platforms here -

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New Scottish Dunphail Distillery's Matt McKay from NOT Bimber talks to us  London’s Bimber Distillery plan to open a new Scottish whisky distillery and visitor centre in Dunphail, later on in 2022.
January 19, 2022
Craig Black from Black Bottle on the Sonic Seasoning Taste Experiment
January 16, 2022
David Stirk's book on Campbeltown detailing the rise and fall of the whisky capital of the world is reviewed by Marty & Justin on Irish Whiskey Review
Campbeltown was once the whisky capital of the world with 29 distilleries operating simultaneously in 1835. How had this remote fishing port and royal burgh become the epicentre of Scotland's greatest export? David Stirk reveals all in this engaging and well illustrated insight into the people who were the movers and shakers behind this huge industry. The origins lie in illicit distilling which was prevalent all over Kintyre in the late 18th century. Many women were involved in this business which made many ordinary folk very wealthy and out of these origins, the legal trade was established in 1817 with Campbeltown Distillery being the first of many. Over the course of the next two decades every street and corner in the burgh had a distillery or brewery built on it. The names were redolent of Kintyre history and placenames: Kinloch, Caledonian, Dalaruan, Lochhead, Longrow, Meadowburn, Burnside, Kintyre, Rieclachan, Union, Argyll, Glenramskill, Highland, Springbank and Albyn, to name only some. It is no idle boast that Campbeltown was the Victorian whisky capital of the world and just as great schemes rise, so do they fall. Ultimately the town's prosperity waned with the Great War, the depression, prohibition in the USA and the failure of local coal seams. Now only Springbank, Glen Scotia and Glen Gyle remain in production, solitary reminders of the once great whisky days of this Royal Burgh.
January 12, 2022
Minimum Alcohol Pricing is Introduced in the Republic of Ireland and its causing ructions
Plus we take a look at auction prices
January 09, 2022
Christmas Greetings
Just a quick Christmas chat
December 25, 2021
Rob Arnold on Terroir of Whiskey
December 18, 2021
Texas Whiskey Festival - Jake Clements
Jake Clements Texas Whiskey Festival Whiskey Sommelier | Co-Founder & CEO IG/Twitter: @wjclements | @txwhiskeyfest Whiskey Jake Tickets to the 5th Annual Texas Whiskey Festival are now on SALE! The dates are May 13th and 14th at Star Hill Ranch (outside of Austin.) Click here to buy tickets. #txwhiskeyfest #texaswhiskey #whiskey #whiskeyevents #events
December 11, 2021
Bimber Distillery's Matt McKay
December 05, 2021
Canadian College of Whisky Knowledge Bill Franks
Canadian College of Whisky Knowledge
November 28, 2021
Barley in Space with Dr Mike Dixon the future of Whiskey
November 14, 2021
Ned Gahan from Waterford Organic Whiskey Distillery
November 14, 2021
Benjamins Bar Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge
Danny & Adam chat to Marty
November 07, 2021
League of Gentlemen - Sliabh Liag Distillers - James Doherty
October 23, 2021
Irish Whiskey Review or is it Three Squirrels at the Nut Job Bar
October 20, 2021
Edinburgh Scotch Whisky Attractions
October 16, 2021
MICIL Distillery's Pádraic Ó Griallais from Galway Ireland
October 09, 2021
Chantal Daniels owner of Kinglake Distillery in Australia reveals all
September 18, 2021
Dark Sky Spirits Distillery in Moffat Scotland Marty & Justin talk to Nick & Erin
September 14, 2021
Limavady Irish Whiskey with Darryl McNally Master Distillery Venture 100 km Northwest of Belfast and you’ll find the town of Limavady tucked away in the Roe Valley, its coastal climate and fertile land the perfect setting for Irish whiskey production, which began in 1750 at the Limavady Distillery. At its peak, the distillery was producing 1.2 million litres per annum, every bottle a postcard from the town to whiskey drinkers across the world. Of course, nothing worth having comes easy, and in the 1910s the Limavady Distillery was shuttered during the global downfall of Irish whiskey. The years passed. Experience became memory, memory became legend. From that legend sprang an idea, and the new Limavady Whiskey was born. SMALL BATCH 100% MALTED IRISH BARLEY TRIPLE DISTILLED COPPER POT STILLS AGED IN EX-BOURBON BARRELS AND FINISHED IN PX SHERRY CASKS 846 BOTTLES PER BARREL
September 11, 2021
Tullamore DEW Distillery Origins & History
The origins of Tullamore D.E.W. date back to 1829, established by Michael Molloy. On his death, the distillery eventually passed to his nephew, Bernard Daly who later appointed Daniel E. Williams as the distillery's General Manager. Under Williams's watchful eye, the distillery expanded and prospered, launching the whiskey bearing his initials (D.E.W.), Tullamore D.E.W..
September 09, 2021
Boann Distillery Mash Bills with Head Distillery Michael Walsh
September 04, 2021
A History of Dunvilles Irish Whiskey
Marty profiles historic distilleries
September 02, 2021
Ned Gahan Waterford Distillery ahead of the release of the Cuvee Whiskey
August 28, 2021
Flavoured Whiskey
Why has Whiskey that isn't Whisky become a thing!
August 25, 2021
Whiskey Bidders & The Whiskey Companion
Whiskey Bidders is an exciting, secure and dynamic online whiskey auction platform primarily specialising in Irish and world whiskeys. Our highly qualified, expert team have over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the drinks and auction industries. Whiskey bidders provide an unrivalled passion, knowledge and understanding of Irish whiskey and the overall whiskey marketplace.  They’re on hand to provide expert valuations and advice on selling or buying a bottle or even a full collection.  Whether you’re a collector, connoisseur, enthusiast or someone who enjoys a drop at the end of a hard week we believe Whiskey Bidders is the right site for you. We strive to provide our clients with the best possible level of service, integrity, and customer care. Collect, Invest and Enjoy.
August 21, 2021
Colouring or is that Coloring in Whiskey or is it still Whisky
August 17, 2021
Wild Atlantic Whiskey and Tobacco Barn Distillery feature
August 14, 2021
Kilbeggan Distillery formerly Brusna Distillery known as Locke's Distillery
Kilbeggan Distillery situated on the River Brosna in Kilbeggan, County Westmeath, Ireland. It is owned by Japanese Beam Suntory. A small pot still distillery, the licence to distil dates to 1757, a copy of which can be seen in the distillery. Similar to many Irish distilleries, Kilbeggan endured financial difficulties during the early 20th century, and ceased operations in 1957. However, the licence was maintained and the distillery was later refurbished, with distilling recommencing on-site in 2007.
August 11, 2021
Neck Pour Comparsions of Bowmore 19 Year Old Scotch Whisky
August 08, 2021
Bushmills American Oak Cask Finish with Lauren Brand Ambassador
Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey containing single malt finished in double-charred American Oak barrels and blended with smooth triple distilled grain whiskey for fresh wood and vanilla flavours​.
August 04, 2021
The Monster Mash Boann Vintage Mash Bills
July 31, 2021
BOOK REVIEW - Locke's Distillery: A History Paperback by Andrew Bielenberg
Originally published in 1993 Locke's Distillery is being reissued to celebrate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the company. Despite market dominance by Scotch in this century, Irish whiskey remains its peer. Locke's Distillery has been manufacturing its famous brand of whiskey on the banks of the Brusna river in Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath, since 1757, linking Ireland's industrial past to its future. From business archives and family papers, Andy Bielenberg has written a compelling history of the fluctuating fortunes of the distillery, tracing its origins and transformations in organization through the years to its present-day revival. He surveys the buildings and machinery, the process of distillation and marketing strategies, as well as documenting the Locke family's role within the company and their contribution to the social life of the midlands. Illustrated by period photographs, portraits and trade labels, and augmented by useful tables and appendix matter, Locke's Distillery will be of keen interest to regional and economic historians, and fascinate all who savour Irish whiskey and its traditions.
July 28, 2021
What's Colouring All About plus a Wise Owl Tasting This Week in Whiskey plus a Wise Owl Tasting and Whats Colouring all about!
July 24, 2021
BOOK REVIEW - Tales of Whisky by Stuart McHardy published by Luath Press
Whether dodging the men of the excise, fighting with government troops or simply indulging in a spot of the national sport of drinking whisky, Scots have long had a true love affair with their favourite amber nectar. In this book writer and storyteller Stuart McHardy, known to take a dram or ten himself, draws upon the wide range of tales associated with the world's finest tipple, to make you laugh, cry and wonder!
July 21, 2021
Movers & Shakers with Carl from the Whiskey Companion
July 18, 2021
Exploring English Whisky with Richard Foster Chief Explorer Click above to watch the video talked about. Click below to join the English Whiskey Festival
July 14, 2021
Killowen Distillery Uncovered with Brendan Carty
July 11, 2021
Henry McKenna (1819-1893): Kentucky's, Draperstown - Born, Distiller Book details Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballinascreen Historical Society (21 December 2018) Language ‏ : ‎ English Paperback ‏ : ‎ 106 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0957525559 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0957525559 Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 505 g
July 08, 2021
Matt D’Arcy’s Irish Whiskey is joining The Echlinville Distillery portfolio
Matt D’Arcy’s Irish Whiskey is joining The Echlinville Distillery portfolio. We spoke to Jarlath Watson and Michael McKeown as they look forward to  continued growth of Matt D’Arcy’s around the world as part of the Echlinville family. #mattdarcy #echlinville #irishwhiskey
July 03, 2021
Shortcross Distillery's David Boyd-Armstrong on the launch of their Whiskey
June 30, 2021
Rare Irish Whiskey auctioned by Skinner Auction of Boston
June 26, 2021
BOOK REVIEW - The Johnnie Walker Story, A Long Stride by Nicholas Morgan
To mark the 200th anniversary of the world’s biggest Scotch whisky brand in 2020, Diageo’s head of whisky outreach, Dr Nicholas Morgan, penned a new book recounting the history behind Johnnie Walker. A Long Stride is the first in-depth account of the history of blended Scotch whisky brand Johnnie Walker, which dates back to 1820. The tome recounts how the brand survived late Victorian and Edwardian Britain, endured two World Wars and the Great Depression to achieve global success as the world’s best-selling Scotch whisky. Johnnie Walker was also said to have transformed the world of advertising. A Long Stride is the result of years of research by Morgan and decades within the whisky industry. The hardback also details the development of Scotch whisky as a popular drink across the world. The book is available in hardback, priced at £16.99 (US$22.50), and in electronic format, priced at £13.59 (US$18).
June 23, 2021
Belfast Whiskey Week 2021 Preview with Paul Kane
June 20, 2021
Dr Mike Dixon on Barley in Space with NASA
June 16, 2021
The Whiskey Companion plus a taster of Barley in Space and Listoke in Depth
June 13, 2021
Honkaku Spirits - Takamine Koji Whiskey Japan with Stephen Lyman
June 09, 2021
Whiskey Talking as seen on BBC TV broadcaster Mark Thompson teams up with historian Fionnan O'Connor
In ‘Whiskey Talkin’ broadcaster Mark Thompson teams up with historian Dr Fionnan O’Connor to discover the fascinating, and almost forgotten story of what was once the greatest whiskey industry in the world. Irish whiskey is now enjoying a 21st century renaissance, with the fastest growing spirit sales in the world. Once a global player, whose industrial success was almost forgotten, it is a drink with a chequered past. Rogues and rebels, migration and moonshine, taxes and temperance – they’re all part of a fascinating story that’s shared between Ireland, Scotland and America. Ulster and Northern Ireland are at the heart of this story – from the Kingdom of Dalriada and the poitin masters of Donegal, to Northern Ireland’s 21st century pioneers, currently resurrecting the brands and blends once counted among the most famous whiskeys in the world. Though Belfast’s industrial golden age is more often associated with ship building and linen production, they reveal just how significant a role whiskey had in the growth of Belfast, where the industry once employed thousands – and generated millions. The film uncovers forgotten links between Ulster’s whiskey makers, and our neighbour across the narrow sea, revealing just how much Scotland’s whisky story owes to the north of Ireland, and looking back to a time when Irish whiskey exports outsold Scotch by three to one. Graphic designer Mark’s fascination with branding and advertising opens a door on our industrial past, as he discovers just how much the story of whiskey connects with the history and heritage of the Ulster-Scots. From a tiny craft distiller in the Mournes to the historic home of old Bushmills, Mark and Fionnan explore a broken history, meeting with the enthusiasts who are rediscovering forgotten recipes and re-creating some of the great spirits from Irish whiskey’s golden age. Whiskey Talkin’ is on BBC, and is a Northern Star Pictures Production, made with assistance from the Northern Ireland Screen Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund.
June 02, 2021
Leading Irish visual artist, Leah Hewson, has released her latest work, but you won’t find it in a gallery or exhibition. Partnering with Waterford Distillery, Hewson has created Binary Assimilation – an original artwork for the bottle label of the distillery’s flagship single malt whisky coming this autumn: The Cuvéee. Hewson’s aim was to celebrate the 'many layers and complexities within Waterford’s distillation process and the immense sensory experience of consumption’. Waterford’s unique methodology is terroir-driven. The concept, which is commonly practised by the world’s greatest winemakers, is based on the principle that factors such as weather, soil, and microclimate influence the flavours found in barley and the whisky made from it. To make its multiple award-winning Single Farm Origin whiskies, Waterford Distillery maintains the integrity of each crop of barley by harvesting, storing, malting and distilling it separately. Each Single Farm Origin has been produced separately using barley grown only on individual terroirs throughout the South of Ireland. This individuality can be celebrated in its own right, but the ultimate aim is to layer these component spirits together – in precisely the same manner as a Grand Vin in Burgundy, or Grand Cuvée in Champagne – for ultimate complexity. The whole, greater than simply the sum of its parts. This means – for the first time in whisky production anywhere – Waterford Distillery is assembling 23 different Single Farm Origin component single malts to create the definitive Waterford Whisky: The Cuvéee. It is a lodestar for the brand and a milestone bottling. Leah Hewson’s original artwork reflects the intricate nature of such a milestone product. Two computer-generated images that are depicted in paint have been divided into strips and overlaid with opaque and transparent red and green stripes, and a neon squiggle in to create ’ambiguity and illusion’. Leah Hewson said: ”Binary Assimilation celebrates the many layers and complexities of Waterford’s approach to whisky production. The brand’s scientific and methodical approach reflects my own and this provided an inspiration to sync art, flavour and character into something visually striking. By building the piece in layers through colour, I was able to create new dimensional effects to match the concept of The Cuvéee.” Mark Reynier, Founder and CEO of Waterford Distillery said: “This is no ordinary whisky – it's our lodestar, a key milestone on our terroir-driven journey – our raison d'etre. Its vision, evolution derived from unprecedented logistics, merits an equally outstanding label. We commissioned one of Ireland’s leading artists, Leah Hewson, to create a contemporary image that was unlike another whisky label. One that shared the elemental construct, evoking vibrancy, a bold statement and a multi-layered feel. A label unlike any other, for a whisky unlike any other.”
May 29, 2021
Corsair Distillery's Ryan Schemmel
May 26, 2021
International Tennesse Whiskey Day 2021 we hit the trail with Sara Beth Urban
May 22, 2021
The Nose - how important a factor is it in the Whiskey experience
May 19, 2021
The Finish is it the most important bit of the Whiskey experience Let us know what you think?
May 12, 2021
Leopold Bros Distillery Denver Colorado - Todd Leopold on the Three Chamber Still
May 08, 2021
The Hard Truth Distilling Company Indiana - Bryan Smyth
May 05, 2021
The Jack Daniels Story - Chasing Whiskey with Greg Olliver
May 02, 2021
Blakes of the Hollow exclusive Powers 2000 19 Year Old Irish Whiskey The Crushed Grape, 5 The Market Place, Derrylin, Co. Fermanagh BT92 9AN 02867748550 Blakes of the Hollow, 6 Church Street, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, BT74 7EJ 028 6632 2143
April 28, 2021
The Crolly Distillery's Joe Devenney
The Crolly Distillery Old Crolly Doll Factory Killindarragh Crolly Co. Donegal
April 28, 2021
Crop Walker - Grace O'Reilly Agronomist Waterford Organic Irish Whiskey
April 24, 2021
White Peak Distillery's Crowdfunding with Max Vaughan
April 21, 2021
Planet's excluding India's Most Wanted MALT Whiskys
April 21, 2021
Listoke Distillery's Founder & MD Bronagh Conlon
In the middle of this week in Whiskey
April 17, 2021
Thoughts on the Angels Share
April 14, 2021
Sarah Kennedy Brand Ambassador of McConnells Irish Whisky
Sarah Kennedy McConnell's Irish Whisky Brand Ambassador
April 10, 2021
The Whiskey Companion's Carl McDermott after This Week In Whiskey
April 07, 2021
Ross Morrison from Scotch Bonnet explains this Invention
April 04, 2021
Top Ten Irish Whiskeys The Sequel
Another Wild Card is Included
March 31, 2021
Irish Distillers Blender Deidre O'Carroll
Marty & Justin ask away
March 28, 2021
Top Ten Irish Whiskeys With A Twist
There are only five but that's not the twist!
March 23, 2021
Pádraic Ó Griallais MICIL & a Kinnitty Castle Tasting
Pádraic Ó Griallais +353 87 7746909 Micil Distillery, 226 Upper Salthill, Galway, H91 N9WK Ireland
March 21, 2021
St Patricks Day Whiskey Connection
Saint Patrick's Day special
March 17, 2021
ScottsIrish Distillery's Conal Treacy
March 13, 2021
Kinnitty Castle Fine Spirits Irish Whiskey
Barry Connor chats to Marty & Justin Support us
March 10, 2021
Irish Whiskey Auctions Anthony Sheehy
After This Week in Whiskey 12mins in
March 07, 2021
Dublin Whiskey Fire 18th June 1875
The Dublin Whiskey Fire took place on the 18th of June, 1875.  Fortunately no one died in the fire but 13 died. Find out how!
March 02, 2021
Your Questions FIELDed & Casks
After this week in Whiskey our version of the news.
February 27, 2021
News in depth Japanese Regulations and Proof of Terroir
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February 24, 2021
Shivam Ginglani of Black Bow Indian Whiskey in the Himalayas
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February 21, 2021
An Irish Whiskey App due Saint Patricks Day Marty & Justin talk to Conor Winders
Conor Winders Irish Whiskey App
February 17, 2021
Valentine Special - A Japanese Love Suntory Father of Japanese Whisky Masataka Taketsuru
In 1918, a young Japanese man with an ambition to make genuine whisky went alone to Scotland to unveil the secret of whisky making. He is Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka WhiskGiven the chance to go to Scotland, Masataka became the first Japanese ever to master how to make whisky. He enrolled at the University of Glasgow, took chemistry courses and then apprenticed at three Scotch distilleries. The young and passionate man was fortunate to learn first-hand from craftsmen and have practical trainings to master blending. The two notebooks filled with every detail later became Japan’s very first guide in whisky production. In 1920 Masataka returned to Japan with his Scottish wife Jessie Roberta (Rita). The two had married earlier that year and Rita decided to immigrate to Japan to support her husband’s dream. However after returning to Japan, Masataka and Rita were heartbroken to find out that Settsu Shuzo, the company which invested in Masataka to learn in Scotland, had to abandon its plan to produce genuine whisky in Japan due to recessions after World War I. In the meantime another company, Kotobukiya Limited (Suntory), was in search for someone who could conduct whisky production. Being the only Japanese who knew how to produce whisky at that time, Masataka was hired by Kotobukiya in 1923 to direct building the Yamazaki Distillery. There he led the project and devoted himself to producing Japan’s first genuine whisky. After his ten year contract with Kotobukiya, Masataka decided to become independent to make his own ideal whisky. In 1934 he went north and built his first distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaido, a place - though inconveniently located - he had always considered to be the ideal site for him to make whisky. The environmental conditions of Yoichi were in many ways similar to those of Scotland with a cool climate, crisp air and appropriate humidity. The company first started producing apple products under the name of “Dai Nippon Kaju”, meaning the “Great Japanese Juice Company” while he was preparing to produce whisky. In 1936 the first pot still designed by Masataka and made in Japan was installed and started distillation. Finally in 1940 the first whisky from Nikka was launched. The brand name of this whisky was “NIKKA WHISKY”, short for "Nippon Kaju", which later became the name of the company itself.
February 14, 2021
Sir Maurice O'Connell - The Liberator Irish Whiskey from Wayward Irish Spirits
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February 10, 2021
Wayward Irish Spirit - Liberator Normal and Cask Strength Expressions Comparisons
After This Week in Whiskey we compare and contrast a pair of Liberators. Support us
February 07, 2021
Alfred Barnard the Bard of Whisky in Britain and Ireland
Alfred Barnard’s comprehensive 1887 book The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom provides detailed coverage of 162 British distilleries, save Avoniel in East Belfast (founded 1882 by William Higgin, closed 1929) who declined his request.  Barnard gives current enthusiasts an overview of past practices, however the man himself remains a mystery as he is missing from 1901 census! Support us on Subscribe to our newsletter
February 03, 2021
Irish American Whiskey - Sean McKay joins Marty & Justin
After this Week in Whiskey we head to Achill Island to support us.
January 31, 2021
Review of Water of Life the Film a Whisky Documentary
THE FILM IN A SNAPSHOT The Water of Life is a feature documentary that focuses on the craftsmen, chemists, and renegades at the heart of the whisky revolution that turned the stagnant scotch whisky industry of the 1980s into the titan it is today. Starting behind the locked gates of an abandoned distillery, Jim McEwan and Mark Reynier share their personal experiences of the risk-taking and wild experimentation they used to turn Bruichladdich into what it is today. The film takes you on the journeys of other early visionaries like Gordon & MacPhail, Billy Walker, Dr. Rachel Barrie and David Stewart, whose mixture of talent, chemistry, hard work, grit, and a little sprinkle of magic paved the way for the next generation of innovators like Adam Hannett, Kelsey McKechnie, Liam Hughes, Iain Croucher, and Eddie Brook.
January 27, 2021
Burns Night Supper explained by Brian Cassidy President of Belfast Burns Association and Chef Rob Curley Slemish Market Supper Club
Haggis Neeps & Tatties with Marty and Justin on Irish Whiskey Review
January 24, 2021
All the Presidents Men and Burns Night feature with Brian Cassidy of Belfast Burns Association
Belfast Burns Association is one the oldest its been going 150 years
January 24, 2021
Inauguration, Brexit & Covid Issues with Whiskey
Marty and Justin chew the fat on the issues of the day. Join our newsletter. Support our channel
January 20, 2021
Whiskey Places - A Quirky Look at Places with a Whisky Connection
Marty and Justin do the news in This Week in Whiskey. Then we take a look at places associated with Whisky! Newsletter to Subscribe
January 16, 2021
Irish Whiskey Reportage a look at two major insightful industry reports
Marty and Justin explore these two reports download them here. Join our newsletter here
January 13, 2021
Hinch Distillery Special - Irish Whiskey Review is joined by Jamie Cotter
After This Week In Whiskey we chat to Jamie Cotter from Hinch Distillery Subscribe to out Newsletter
January 09, 2021
Indigenous Irish Spirits
Here is what to expect and a bit of the small pot. Catch the live show Saturdays at 10pm on Youtube.
January 06, 2021
Twenty Twenty One Show - A Whiskey Education
After this week in Whiskey our version of the news we tell you how to up your game by getting Whisky qualifications
January 02, 2021
Christmas Special with Killowen Whiskey Distillery's Brendan Carty
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December 27, 2020
Lost Whisky Distilleries of Scotland with Ken Rose on Irish Whiskey Review
We started this back in 2012/2013 with a archiving research team led by Prof. Moss from Glasgow university. Starting with the list of the 100+ closed distilleries we first needed to know which ones we could legally register. There’s no point researching one if we can’t do anything with it at the end. We then created a shorter list of distilleries which covered the regional differences of single malts. island, coastal, highland, lowland… The team then went to work researching these closed distilleries to see what information was still available in a variety of archives around Scotland. Old excise records were used to gain an understanding of the casks used. Drawings, photographs, newspaper articles, whisky books (eg Barnard), old letters, maps were all used to get an understanding of the distillation, grain, yeast, location, peat, heating, water. While doing all of this it was important to find out what the reputation of the whisky was. We wanted only distilleries which had a sterling reputation for making great whisky. An added benefit of the research was a trove of wonderful and often colourful stories of the people associated with the distilleries at the time. Such as Peter Dawson and Alexander Bonthrone. All the information is boiled down to create a very detailed profile of what the whisky should have tasted like originally. Then, as it’s not possible for us to recreate a 1800’s whisky exactly today. The team then theorises what the whisky would be like if they were still in operation today. A detailed profile of this modern day “homage” is then created. An expert blending team then has a rigorous (read heated argument) over which single malts need to be brought together to create this profile. In some instances secondary cask finishing is required to delivery the desired result.
December 19, 2020
Joe Magowan Brand Ambassador Dillon Bass and Whiskey Christmas Gift Ideas
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December 12, 2020
River Rock Whisky Tasting Review & Jarlath Watson Dunvilles Whiskey Interview Follow us on Instagram and subscribe to the newletter
December 05, 2020
Paul Moore tells us about his #blackbushstories collaboration and Tobacco Barn Distillery's Rear Admiral Scott Sanders star
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November 29, 2020
Waterford Organic Distillery & Matt D'Arcy Whiskey from Newry feature
Neil Conway joins Marty & Justin after the news plus an exclusive live interview with Michael McKeown the man behind Matt D'Arcy who has published a book on the history of this famous old Newry Distillery definitely the oldest in all of Ireland. Subscribe to out newsletter Plus see the show live on Youtube Saturdays at 10pm GMT thats UK time
November 22, 2020
Belfast Festive Whiskey Week Christmas 2020 Paul O'Cahan After this Week in Whiskey Blue Spot Whiskey relaunched and Killowen and Hinch filled there first barrels Second item Belfast and the Titanic whiskey Third is churchill painting at Sothebys 4th is Jameson Xmas tree 5th is Matthew OToole is SDLP MLA who highlighted the ridiculous licencing laws in NI and the proposed reforms
November 14, 2020
Vic Cameron the man who teaches Whisky
Plus a feature interview with Mark Geary from River Rock
November 08, 2020
Halloween Spooktackular with Chef Rob Curley and Dr David Hume MBE
Slemish Market Supper Club supremo Chef Rob Curley conjures culinary delights with a macabre theme and historian Dr David Hume MBE who has a new book out tells us how the Bodysnatchers Burke & Hare who hailed from Ulster used Whiskey Barrels to smuggle bodies back to Scotland.
October 31, 2020
Michael Bloom of 50 State Blend Chats to Marty & Justin
The Project This idea grew organically, fueled by a fascination with the unusual, supported by the growing availability of American craft whiskey and motivated by a desire to share the journey with others. More than eight different types of American whiskeys comprise the 50 State Blend including fourteen bourbons, fourteen ryes, twelve single malts, one single malt rye, one Tennessee whiskey (duh!) one millet, one sorghum and six whiskies that don’t cleanly fit in any of those particular categories. Each draft of the 50 State Blend keeps the ingredients constant but changes their proportions. Barrel-finishing was introduced to the process  beginning with Draft #4.
October 24, 2020
Fermentation in Whiskey Production
Will it be wood, stainless steel or concrete?!? News of New Releases- Middleton & Bushmills, Texas, Bulleit and Suntory
October 17, 2020
Whisky Ephemera with Marty McAuley & Justin Macartney on Irish Whiskey Review
Over the centuries loads of whiskey marks have disappeared. Some have endured, yet many have sunk against stiff competition and changing fashions.  Now and again documentation of lost marques appearce to remind collectors what's been lost to history. Unusal bottles are found in out houses, signs are listed on online auction sites. Or toby jugs, ashtrays and other marketing ephemera appear at sunday markets, second hand shops or I saw you coming dealers.
October 11, 2020
World Whisky Day
A toast to that extra special day of the year!
October 09, 2020
What's in a Glass? How the drinking vessel can alter the Whisky Experience
Who knew there was more than one type of Whiskey Glass
October 09, 2020
Styles of Whiskey
Whoever thought you favourite tipple could be so fashionable
October 09, 2020
Water in Whiskey - The Elements in Whisky Production
The first of a four part series on Elements in Water
October 08, 2020
Buyers Guide to Whiskey
The ways and means of purchasing Whisky
October 08, 2020
The Old and the New Distilleries
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October 08, 2020
Women in Whiskey thru History to the Present
October 08, 2020
FIRE and its Elemental role in the production of Whiskey
Multifaceted Fire
October 06, 2020
Whisky Tasting Live with Dunvilles Irish Whiskey
Born 1808 and reborn 2012, the Dunville’s Irish Whiskey story is one of fame, fortune, tragedy and revival. Now restored to its rightful place among the world’s best whiskeys, Dunville’s award winning single malt and vintage blend Irish whiskeys are synonymous with premium quality, exquisite taste and rich heritage. Proudly connected to its past and enthusiastically embracing its future, The Spirit of Belfast is back and it is better than ever.
October 06, 2020
Whisky Or Whiskey that is the question
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October 06, 2020
To Infinity and Beyond - the Solera System and it use in Whisky Production
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October 06, 2020
Whiskey Advertising and Marketing - Whatever made them think that would be a good idea See what you missing by just listening here
October 06, 2020
Earth - Elements in Whiskey Production with Marty McAuley and Justin Macartney
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October 06, 2020
Red Earl Irish Whiskey LIVE tasting courtesy of Kinsale Spirits
Following the fight for freedom from the Crown at the Battle of Kinsale, 1601, seeking aid from allies in Spain, Red Hugh O Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell, was reputedly poisoned by an Anglo-Irish double-agent & buried in Spain. Red Earl Irish Whiskey, a tribute to his story, is first aged in bourbon, then sherry and finally matured in Rioja casks. Triple-casking delivers roundness of flavour, lengthy finish & an exceptional aroma.
October 06, 2020
Still Game - Whisky Distillery Stills with Marty McAuley and Justin Macartney of Irish Whiskey Review
October 06, 2020
Live Tasting of the Dark Silkie from Sliabh Liag / Slieve League Distillery in Donegal, Ireland
Sliabh Liag Distillers is a family owned craft distillery and the first in Donegal for over 175 years. They have set out to reclaim the once proud (if somewhat illicit) distilling heritage of Donegal and relate the history, stories and culture of the area through our Irish Maritime Gin, An Dúlamán.  The Legendary Dark Silkie has, on the nose, fresh apple, pipe tobacco and the comforting dry smoke of a peat fire. To taste, the whiskey is super soft with a salted-caramel sweetness, dark chocolate and liquorice, oak, leather and a dry spicy smoke. The finish is warming with smoky malt, peanut butter and melts away.
October 06, 2020
BAD WHISKEY is there such as thing we find out with Marty McAuley & Justin Macartney
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October 06, 2020
AIR and its Elemental Role in Whisky Production on Irish Whiskey Review
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October 06, 2020
Irish Peated Whiskey with Marty McAuley and Justin Macartney
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October 06, 2020
Slemish Market Supper Club's Chef Rob Curley pairs Dishes and Whisky with Marty McAuley
Slemish Market Supper Club with Chef Rob Curley. The best pop up dining experience in the Ballymena area.
October 05, 2020
W.D. O'Connell Whiskey Merchants Tasting LIVE PX17 and Bill Phil Peated Irish Whisky
W.D. O’Connell Whiskey Merchants are an independent whiskey company. We procure premium new make spirit and aged whiskies from multiple distilleries and apply our own maturation and finish preferences. We source our own casks and mature and bottle the finished whiskies when they are ready. Our methodology is going back to age old Irish Whiskey traditions that once placed Ireland as the leading whiskey production nation in the world. Our wood/cask policy is  managed on a strict ratio of French Virgin Oak & Vin doux Naturel versus US Bourbon and US Virgin Oak barrels. We bottle genuine small batch releases of 1-10 casks at a time on a regular basis meaning that no two whiskey releases will ever be the same.
October 05, 2020
The English Whisky Society's founder Richard Foster on the Inaugral English Whisky Festival 2020
For the first time ever, join the English Whisky Society and fourteen English distilleries on a journey through their recent past, award-winning present and into the exciting future of a growing and maturing whisky category... English Whisky!
October 05, 2020